Nov. 30, 2018

First TIMA-X in China Operational at Geology Department of University of Peking

  • Fig. 1: Advanced TIMA-X operator training. Front (L to R) Jakub Výravský, MS Li Xiaorong, LIU Siqi, Back L-R: Huang Baoyou, Zhang Lei and Chen Siyu.Fig. 1: Advanced TIMA-X operator training. Front (L to R) Jakub Výravský, MS Li Xiaorong, LIU Siqi, Back L-R: Huang Baoyou, Zhang Lei and Chen Siyu.

Tescan is proud to announce that they have installed the first TIMA-X automated mineralogy system in China. The system was installed at the Geology Department at Peking University (PKU), Beijing.  PKU is ranked number 30 in the prestigious QS World University Rankings, with the Geology Department consistently being ranked as the top geological institution in the nation.

Scientists at PKU will use the system for research into fundamental geology. Their work will provide valuable insights into the origins of our planet and the life it has sustained. The addition of the instrument to their instrumental arsenal will help them push for higher international rankings.

The instrument is an advanced automated mineralogy system. It is designed specifically for rapid quantitative analysis of geological, mineralogical, petrographic and metallurgical samples. The PKU system is a top of the line instrument based on a Field Emission Gun Scanning Electron Microscope (FEG-SEM) and four EDX detectors that seamlessly integrate with the software.

By combining BSE and EDX data, it can identify minerals and create mineral images that are analyzed to yield mineral concentrations, locate important minerals and define mineral texture properties that are fundamental to geological research. The data generated by the TIMA-X can be correlated other geological tools resulting in a more comprehensive analysis.

As the top university geological department in a country with vast minerals wealth, the TIMA-X is suitably located at PKU. Under the guidance of Professor Zhang Bo, the instrument will be used largely for postgraduate research as well as introducing undergraduate students to a technology which can have major benefits in many branches of geology.

Prof. Zhang was excited to see how the instrument could be applied to geological thin sections and was extremely positive about how it will be used for important research projects in the future. Following advanced training on operation and geological interpretation from Tescan’s resident geologist Jakub Výravský, Prof Zhang’s team of postgraduate students were very enthusiastic about how they could accelerate their own research projects with the new instrument.

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