The Geochemistry Section conducts chemical and geological research and service to address economic, energy, and environmental issues. Our experienced researchers and analysts are dedicated to high-quality work that brings scientific insight and information to a range of real-world problems. Our offices and laboratories are located in the Natural Resources Building on the campus of the University of Illinois.

Areas of research include:

  • Investigations about the sources, spatial and temporal distribution, and movement of selected elements, and compounds within soils, sediments, rocks, and waters.
  • Modeling and experimental laboratory studies to better understand important processes in the geosphere such as chemical fate and transport.
  • Integration of geochemistry as a means of advancing multidisciplinary investigations.

Analytical services available to everyone include:

  • Chemical composition of solids, liquids, and gases
  • Mineralogical composition of solids, thin films, and powders, and
  • Age determination using optically stimulated luminescence methods

As a university-based research organization, we strive to be a reliable and unbiased source of data and information. For information about developing collaborative research projects, getting technical advice from our experts, or submitting samples for analysis, please contact Randy Locke.