Micro Analytical Facility

The Brandon University Micro Analytical Facility now offers services for the newly operational JEOL JSM-6390LV/GS Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) equipped with an Oxford Instruments INCA x-act Energy Dispersive Spectrometer (EDS) X-ray detector as well as high quality analytical and imagingpackages.


LV refers to the low vacuum capability of the JSM-6390 SEM. This low vacuum capability allows for almost any sample to be observed including non-conductive and “wet” samples.

Services are available to academic units, government, and the private sector. At Brandon University we realize that individual needs may vary from client to client and we encourage you to contact us to discuss your specific research and analytical requirements.

The primary function of the SEM is as an IMAGING platform and when coupled with and X-ray detector, material COMPOSITIONS can be determined. Thispowerful analytical tool hasendless applications in many fields of science and technology.

Students in the Lapidary Lab


Funding for the Micro Analytical Facility and Lapidary Facility was from Western Economic Diversification Canada and Brandon University. Corporate donations include VMS Ventures Ltd, Harvest Gold Corp, and Rockcliff Resources Inc. Funding for the CFI Laboratory includes the Canada Foundation for Innovation, Western Economic Diversification Canada, Tundra Oil and Gas Ltd, Cabot Corp, Tantulum Mining Corp of Canada, Manitoba Innovation Fund, Joe Brain Foundation, and Tikal Resources Corp.