Department of Earth, Environmental & Planetary Sciences

Research Facilities and Resources

The department utilizes cutting-edge instrumentation to support and advance ongoing research.

Core Facilities

The DEEPS Core Facilities are resources hosted within Brown University.

The RI Space Grant is dedicated to promoting science, math, engineering, and technology at all levels, from K-12 to colleges and universities, from industry to the general public, with NASA space exploration and research.
The Environmental Chemistry Facility in MacMillan Hall houses equipment to process and analyze environmental samples. These shared facilities are available to undergraduate and graduate students, as well as researchers in the Brown University Environmental programs.
The Mass Spectrometer Analytical Facility houses a Thermo Scientific Neptune Plus multi-collector ICP-MS, a Thermo Scientific X-series-2 ICP-MS, a Photon-Machines Analyte G2 laser ablation, and a trace-metal free clean lab built by Pico Trace. The mission of this facility is to help scientists with their cutting-edge research.
Spectroscopic data acquired in the laboratory provide the interpretive foundation upon which compositional information about unexplored or un-sampled planetary surfaces is derived from remotely obtained reflectance spectra.
The Cameca SX-100 electron microprobe is one of the primary and fundamental research instruments in the Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences.
The Organic Geochemistry facility is fully equipped to analyze a broad range of samples, including sediments and soils samples, water, organic tissues, petroleum, etc. The equipment is routinely used by IBES, DEEPS, Ecology, Engineering and Chemistry students, post-docs, and other researchers with access.
CORD is a joint facility of labs at Brown and MIT designed to promote and support external visitor access to 12 sophisticated deformation apparatus. These machines have unique and complementary capabilities for studying a wide range of geological and geophysical processes. Having open access to this equipment allows both visiting scientists and those at Brown and MIT, to push the boundaries of experimental geophysics.

Other Facilities and Resources

Resource Reservations

Staff and students in the department can reserve the following resources for their research and activities.