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Opened in January 2013, the Center for Advanced Surface Analysis (CASA) is a common UNIL/EPFL platform hosted in the new Geopolis building of University of Lausanne.

This Swiss research center is equipped with the state-of-the-art micro-analytical mass spectrometers (SIMS, LA-ICPMS, NanoSIMS), scanning electron microprobe and electron microprobe analyser. This centers thus offers a unique opportunity to a broad range of scientists in term of imaging, chemical and isotopic characterization of solid matter.

These instruments are used in research in such divers topics as:

  • Material sciences
  • Geology
  • Cosmochemistry
  • Stable isotope geochemistry
  • Biomineralization
  • Environmental microbiology
  • Cell biology.