Inorganic geochemistry facility

We undertake a wide range of research in the team, and work closely in collaboration with key university partners. Our research has a wide base across health and environmental quality, both within the UK and internationally. We also provide analytical services to other Directorates within BGS, and to external organisations.

Essential elements for health and food securityEssential elements for health and food security

Research to understand environmental controls on, and potential consequences of, the mineral status of crops, livestock and humans.

Potentially harmful elementsPotentially harmful elements

Research to understand the environmental distribution, and potential consequences of, elements which may be harmful to health.

Geochemistry for mineral explorationGeochemistry for mineral exploration

Geochemical methods such as isotopic analysis and laser ablation of minerals are used to research metalliferous mineral deposits. Analytical methodologies include those optimised for critical metals.

BiomonitoringBiomonitoring, health outcomes and provenancing studies

Measurement of markers in biological tissues can inform us as to mineral deficiencies, exposure to harmful elements, or the geographical origin of the organism studied.

Laboratory servicesLaboratory services

We offer analytical expertise to external clients, for a wide range of environmental matrices including routine methods, and bespoke services for challenging samples.

Capacity strengtheningCapacity strengthening

Expertise in laboratory infrastructure and operation, with associated staff skills training, in international development settings.

University collaborationUniversity collaboration

We undertake collaborative research with many universities, including supervision of PhD students. We are an integral part of the Centre for Environmental Geochemistry, a collaboration between BGS and the University of Nottingham.

Environmental radioactivityEnvironmental radioactivity

Research to understand the distribution of natural and anthropogenic radioactive material in the environment.


Please contact Michael Watts, Charles Gowing or Simon Chenery for further information.