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
  • Automated Mineralogy (Bulk Modal Analysis, Deportment, Detailed Liberation, GSD, Associations, Theoretical Mineral Liberation, Particle Images)
  • 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

Petrolab Welcomes Hannah Jenkins

Petrolab are delighted to welcome Hannah Jenkins. Hannah has a Bachelor of Science degree from Camborne School of Mines (CSM) in Applied Geology. As part of her time at CSM she was student mentor and after graduation went on the work as a Labroatory Assistant at CSM and then a data assistant at the Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Growth and Skills Hub. She joins Petrolab as part of the growing sample preparation laboratory... read more

Ride To Rome

Later this month our office manager, Aileen Barwell along with friends Wayne, Alessandro and Dot, will be attempting to ride from London to Rome to raise money for two charities, the first being The Royal British Legion, specifically for their projects supporting Admiral Nurses who work with people (and their families who are often more affected) with Alzheimers, which is a disease that took Wayne’s father at an early age. The second charity they are supporting is Demelza House, which is a hospice that provides respite care and end of life care for children with severe illnesses and life-limiting conditions.

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