Pratley is renowned for high end adhesives research and development. However, we are also involved in high end minerals analysis.
Pratley Analytical is a new autonomous Micro Analysis Division in the Pratley Group. "Our aim is to provide confidential and extremely reliable sample analysis with industry leading turn-around times in a customer friendly, interactive way" - K.G.M. Pratley (CEO).
This division services the needs of South African mining, mineral exploration and general industry. Based in Factoria, Krugersdorp, the facility is just up the road from the main Pratley Organic Research Lab.
Allan Arnold, an experienced earth scientist with world-class credentials, heads up the division. At Cambridge University, Allan was part of the team which analyzed moon-rock samples from the Apollo landings. He has field geological experience and qualified at the University of London in Chemistry, Geology and Geochemistry. Allan is one of the most experienced X-ray micro analysists in the world. Allan's assistant, Johan Holtzhausen is a vacuum technologist, experienced in building major scientific instruments e.g. mass spectrometers, microprobes etc.
Pratley Analytical uses the latest X-Ray Analysis Software
The following instruments and methods have been commissioned at our new facility:
Optical Microscopes for reflected and transmitted light microscopy
Scanning Electron Microscope with EDS (X-Ray) spectrometer for imaging, identification, photography and microanalysis
Electron Microprobe for microanalysis (WDS spectrometers)
Atomic Absorption spectroscopy for elemental analysis
X-ray powder diffraction
Mineral seperation based on density (heavy liquid separation) and magnetic separaton methods
Rock and mineral SG determination
SEM (Scanning Electron Microscopy)
Pratley Analytical also has access to Pratley's existing organic chemical research laboratory facilities. This includes FTIR, GC, HPLC, Viscosity and high temperature furnace for DTA/melting point studies.