Murray Clay Minerals Laboratory
About the Clay Lab Resources
The Clay Lab’s goal is to prepare students for further academic research in clay mineralogy or industrial application of clay mineralogical techniques. Students and geological research approaches have changed dramatically over the past 10 years. There is a growing interest on the part of educators to introduce students much earlier in their careers to the rigors of research. The concept of working within a research team is now the norm. A good overview of instrumentation use is preferable to a narrow understanding of the techniques required for specific research.
In the Murray Clay Minerals Laboratory students can learn a series of basic sedimentological techniques, e.g. grit percentage, size fractioning of sediments. These “wet lab” techniques are complemented by more sophisticated instrumentation, e.g. surface area testing, particle size analysis, brightness determination, viscosity, and scanning electron microscope imaging. Furthermore, the Clay Lab’s heavy emphasis on X-ray diffraction for mineral identification is valuable training for a large range of students.
The Research Team
Haydn Murray, Director of Applied Clay Minerals Laboratories
Christine Shriner, Manager
Huitang Zhou, Assistant Manager
Bob Ensman, Instrumentation Engineer
Ken DeHart, Computer Systems Manager
Paul Levy, Database and Sedigraph Consultant
Ben Mertz, Senior Research Analyst
Zayin, Assistant Research Analyst
Affiliate Team Members
Jurgen Schieber, Shale Research