About

Petrolab provides technical support services to the mining, minerals processing and materials industries worldwide.

Petrolab has been operating for 25 years analysing the content of rocks, minerals, ores, aggregates and concrete from all over the world. Petrolab was incorporated as a limited company in 2003. The company offices and microscopy facilities were relocated to larger premises in January 2009. Petrolab now occupies what was originally the Redruth Miners’ Hospital building, opened in 1864, in the heart of the world famous Cornish mining district.

We have close links with the high concentration of local companies offering world class expertise in the mining and minerals processing industries. Please contact us to discuss your requirements and for a specific quotation.

Technical Support

Petrolab provides technical support services to the mining, minerals processing and materials industries worldwide and has been operating for over 20 years.

Industry Specialists

We are specialists in the mineralogical investigation of rocks, mineral resources and manufactured inorganic materials by microscopic analysis. High quality interpretative reports help clients evaluate the potential of their mineral resources and solve materials related problems.

Worldwide Service

Our mission is to be recognised as a major provider of mineralogical investigation services to all parts of the world.

Mundic Testing

Petrolab has completed thousands of concrete screening tests on properties throughout Cornwall and parts of Devon and is highly experienced at undertaking all aspects of this important type of testing. Check to see if your property has had a “mundic” test.

Our Team

James Strongman

James Strongman

Director & Principal Consultant

James is a company director and its principal mineralogist. He has been with the company since 2001, starting as a junior petrographer under the supervision of Petrolab’s founder, Dr Alan Bromley and subsequently purchasing the company in 2006. During his 13 years with the company he has gained a wide spectrum of experience in the analysis of materials ranging from concrete and man-made stone replacements to precious and rare earth metals found in electronic scrap. His specialist field is, however, metalliferous ores, and he has developed a broad knowledge for the importance and application of mineralogy to mineral processing problems.

John Fletcher

John Fletcher

Director & General Manager

John joined the company as a director and joint owner in 2007 and has over 20 years of experience in project management, operations and finance. He heads up the “mundic” concrete testing business and is responsible for quality control on petrographic and mineralogical investigation projects. Since joining Petrolab he has been responsible, together with James, for driving the ongoing expansion of the company, including setting up a new sample preparation business and improving productivity and consistency by developing a custom laboratory information management/ reporting system.

Chris Brough

Chris Brough

Senior Consultant Mineralogist

Dr Christopher Brough CGeol MRes MEarthSc is a Senior Consultant Mineralogist specialising in the application of petrology and mineralogy (Optical Microscopy, Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Laser ICP-MS) to the minerals and mining industry. He has over 4 years post-doctoral experience working on a diverse range of projects and covering a wide range of resource types. In particular he brings experience of the application of environmental mineralogy in the context of acid-rock drainage and metal leaching (ARDML) and of geometallurgical assessments to understand processing implications and mineralization history.

Rachel Garside

Rachel Garside

Project Mineralogist

Rachel graduated with an MSci in Geology from the University of Cambridge and joined Petrolab in 2014. She has gained experience in all aspects of the business, from mundic testing and assisting with sample preparation to examination and reporting on a wide variety of materials.

Nigel Wood

Nigel Wood

Thin Section Laboratory Technician

Nigel is primarily responsible for the production of petrographic thin sections, using the only Pelcon thin section machine in the UK. He has extensive laboratory experience from over 20 years working in previous roles for mineral extraction and geotechnical testing laboratories.

 

Corinne Garner

Corinne Garner

Junior Mineralogist

Corinne has recently completed her Masters at Camborne School of Mines having previously undertaken a Bachelors degree at the University of Aberdeen. Her courses included ore mineralogy and petrology, analytical techniques for mineral analysis and sample preparation, ore deposit geology and mineral processing.

 

 

Mariola Zając

Mariola Zając

Junior Mineralogist

Mariola has recently completed her Masters at AGH University of Science and Technology having previously completed a Bachelors degree at the same university. Her courses included ore mineralogy, mineralogy and petrology. She has also completed work experience at Amarante Investments looking at base metal exploration in Lower Silesia. As part of this work she obtained a qualification as an assistant driller.

Friends and Partners

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