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University of Antwerp, Department of Chemistry, Micro and Trace Analysis Centre
Universiteitsplein 1
+32 3 820.23.62
+32 3 820.23.76

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 The research comprises: fundamental research concerning these topics that lead to a better understanding of the processes and the parameters governing those methods of analysis (e.g. laser-solid and ion-solid interactions, processes in glow discharges); development of methods of analysis of the highest reliability and accuracy. Within the analytical sciences emphasis is given on:

Trace analysis (elemental analysis, speciation analysis and, in particular areas, organic analysis) using mass spectrometry, nuclear, spectrometric and chromatographic methods of determination).

Microscopical and surface elemental and molecular analysis using instrumental ("beam") analytical instrumentation relying on electron, ion, photon and X-ray beam bombardment (including the use of synchrotron radiation sources).

From its start as a research centre, MiTAC has been aware that the development of methodologies for chemical analysis cannot be pursued without definition of goals for their application in technology or in other areas of science. A number of well-defined areas of application were selected; these are adapted regularly taking into account the availability of research funding and the interests of members of the staff. At the end of 1998 they consisted in the application of the analytical methodologies in environmental problems including those concerned with the remote environment and in problems connected with the characterisation and analysis in the materials sciences. The Centre wants to do this as much as possible in co-operation with other laboratories and high-technology enterprises. The applications include also the use of methods of analysis and characterisation in archaeology and the study of art artefacts.

MiTAC strives to maintain an infrastructure and climate in which Ph.D. students find an excellent training environment for employment, after graduation, in industry and research laboratories. This is realised by high quality research but also by active participation in graduate study programmes (in the UA and other places) and by allowing students to spend time in other laboratories and at conferences.

In view of the highly specialised nature of the research, the Centre relies heavily on postdoctoral staff, graduated elsewhere. It is a deliberate policy of MITAC to involve in its research a number of guest workers from less developed areas of the world. It promotes active collaboration with industry on scientifically interesting problems, hence, strives to prevent repetitive and scientifically less interesting activities.

results in other services

  • Cruise summary report (CSR)
  • Marine environmental research project (EDMERP)
  • Marine environmental databases (EDMED)

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Collating centre
Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, Management Unit of North Sea and Scheldt Estuary Mathematical Models, Belgian Marine Data Centre (MUMM-BMDC)
Latest update
19 March 2008 9:43:05 AM