Institute of Paleobiology has a wide variety of traditional and
modern laboratories, and other facilities supporting research
conducted by scientific staff and visitors.
National Multidisciplinary Laboratory of Functional Nanomaterials -
Laboratory of Cathodoluminescence Microscopy
Electron Microscopy and Electron Microprobe Laboratory
: Cyprian Kulicki
The electron microscopy and electron microprobe laboratory has a
Philips XL20 microscope, equipped with SE detector, the
catodoluminescence detector as well EDAX dual-window (UTW/Open)
ECON detector for X-ray energy dispersive analysis. Fully
integrated SEM/EDS system DX4-I is very convenient for user, and
provides good quality standardless qualitative and quantitative
analisis. Colour analog mapping is possible. This instrument
provides quantitative chemical analyses, secondary electron
images, and analog elemental distribution maps for use in the
geological, metallurgical, ceramic, anthropological, and forensic
sciences. Analyses and imaging can be done on samples as small as
a few microns across. The maximal sise of samples is 20mm in
diameter and 10mm high. This instrument is widely used by
Institute staff as well as by industrial clients.
Samples for EPMA imaging and analysis consist of materials that
are stable in a vacuum and under a high-voltage electron beam.
Specimens for quantitative analyses must be fine polished (or
naturally have a flat surface). For EPMA analyzing non-conductive
samples must be coated with thinn carbon layer, that is also
available in Electron Probe Preparation Laboratory. For SEM
imaging we use a platinum coating by BALTEC SCD 005 sputter
coater. Specimen mounts, electroconductiv glue, tapes etc. are
available in our laboratrory.
Storage of the output analyses is available on IBM PC onto hard
disk, floppy disks. SEM Images can also be transfered directly to
the staff e-mail accounts.
: Grażyna Dziewińska,
Photographic lab offers a wide range of services. Resources
include dark room, fume hoods, stands, cameras, photomacroscopes,
with a wide range of flash and incandescent lights, and computer
system for digital imaging work.
: Zbigniew Strąk, Ewa
Hara, Grażyna Matriba
The following equipment is available for the preparation of fossil
- An acid lab for dissolution of samples in acetic acid.
- Thin section lab can be used for the preparation of standard
thin sections, polished thin sections, and mounts.
- Mechanical preparation lab that house all equipment necessary
for the preparation, cutting and crushing of rock samples. The
equipment available includes rock saws and jaw crusher.
- Binocular microscopes, lights, and all typical preparatory
tools are available.
Piotr Gryz, Adam
Preparation of vertebrate fossils is avaialble here. Lab is equipped
in a variety of mechanical tools as well as dust collection and extraction systems
STAFF: Tomasz Grycuk (net
administrator), Aleksandra Hołda-Michalska (graphic artist)
- There are over 30 IBM compatible microcomputers for the use of
scientific staff. Peripherals available include 1200x1200 dpi
color scanner, DVD-RW, and network printers. Local network
(ethernet LAN) provides services like network printing and file
sharing. The building has a 128kbit leased-lineInternet
connection with full e-mail and web access.
- Institute owns licenses for Corel Draw, Adobe Photoshop i
Ilustrator graphic software, graphic artist assists with museum
exhibits and preparation graphics for publication.
- Conference facilities for 100 people are also available with a
full-color LCD computer projector, slide projector,and
transparency overhead projector.
- If you wish to bring your notebook, please make sure, that
your powersupply can handle local current (230V/60Hz).