analysis and reporting on metalliferous ores, gold and PGM, industrial minerals, slags and contaminants.


analysis and reporting on rocks, aggregates, building stone, slate, concrete, render and mortar.

Mundic Property Search

Since 1991, Petrolab has completed thousands of concrete screening tests on properties throughout Cornwall. Search our database and and see if your property is one of those tested.

Sample Preparation

Preparation of petrographic thin sections from samples and specimens of rock, aggregate, concrete and other similar materials.

Why Petrolab?

Mineralogical analysis

  • Identification and quantification of valuable and gangue minerals in ores
  • Ore characterisation
  • Predicting the behaviour of minerals during ore processing
  • Mineralogical description and quantitative analysis of mill products

Petrographic analysis

  • Examination of concrete, mortar and render to identify degradation factors.
  • Examination of rock, aggregate, building stone and slate.
  • Mundic Screening Tests for building structures suspected of containing ‘mundic’ concrete.

Sample preparation

Petrolab offers a materials preparation service producing petrographic thin sections from samples and specimens of

  • rock
  • aggregate
  • fossil / coral
  • concrete and other similar materials

We operate the first Pelcon Automatic Thin Section Machine in the UK, which produces high quality thin sections.

Our Clients

Petrolab has provided a wide range of services to industry leading clients including:


Latest News

Conference Round-Up

Petrolab attended the recently hosted Sustainable Minerals 2016 conference at St Michael’s Hotel, Falmouth in Cornwall. Previously known as Sustainability, Resource Conservation and Recycling (SRCR), this conference brings together speakers from a wide variety of backgrounds looking at topics from mine waste characterisation, to efficient resource utilization through to electronic waste recycling.

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An eye to the future

Petrolab is part of the lab focus in this months Microscopy and Analysis. The article, linked here, records a short history of the founding of Petrolab, how the focus had to shift through the challenges of the financial crisis and how diversification had led towards targeting the use of automated mineralogy in the mining industry.

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