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 national and 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 25 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

Technical Director

James is a company director and its technical leader. 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 20 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 personnel and finance sides of the business and is responsible for quality control and data management on petrographic and mineralogical investigation projects. He has, together with James, driven the ongoing expansion of the company, including setting up new services and improving productivity and consistency by developing a custom laboratory information management/ reporting system.

Chris Brough

Chris Brough

Principal Consultant Mineralogist

Dr Christopher Brough CGeol MRes MEarthSc is a Principal 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 10+ 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. More recently he has been working extensively on the implementation of I.S.465 analysis within Petrolab, including concrete petrography and review of reporting.

Bradley Staniforth

Bradley Staniforth

Senior Geomaterials Scientist

Bradley is a senior geomaterials scientist with seven years experience. He provides petrographic and materials investigations of various natural and manmade materials to British, European and American standards. He has experience in project management and reporting of materials consultancy and structural and materials investigation projects. He has more than seven years experience working within a UKAS accredited, ISO 9001; 14001; 45001 compliant construction materials testing laboratory and consultancy. Bradley has also filled the role of deputy quality manager and has extensive experience providing technical support to materials expert witnesses.

Corinne Garner

Corinne Garner

Senior Mineralogist

Corinne completed her Masters at Camborne School of Mines having previously undertaken a Bachelors degree at the University of Aberdeen. Since joining Petrolab as a Junior Mineralogist in 2017, she has gained experience in analysis techniques for a wide range of materials and has been twice promoted, first to Project Mineralogist, and now to Senior Mineralogist. She has shown a particular aptitude for metallurgical sample preparation and has undertaken research to refine our techniques and better understand how they can effect analysis results.

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. She is currently responsible for the output of the majority of construction materials reports involving both optical and electron microscope work and is a member of the Applied Petrography Group.

Mariola Zając

Mariola Zając

Project 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.

Libby Rose

Libby Rose

Project Mineralogist

Libby has a First-Class Honours degree in Geology and was awarded a MSc with Distinction in Mining Geology at Camborne School of Mines in 2017. She went on to complete an internship at CSIRO on their CMR Discovery Internship Program in Perth, WA. Here she studied the hyperspectral infrared spectral data from multiple komatiite drill holes hosting nickel, and then carried out and compared Tornado x-ray fluorescence element mapping, scanning electron microscopy, and more detailed infrared microscopy.

Rory Colville

Rory Colville

Project Mineralogist

Rory has a 1st Class Masters degree in Geology from the University of Bristol which he graduated from in 2018. During his time at Bristol University he was Treasurer of the Society of Economic Geologists student chapter with responsibiltiy for income management and fieldtrip organisation. After graduation he went on to complete 2 years consultancy experience at CGG Roberston, where he was a key member of the QEMSCAN team. He also brings experience of the use of Python and SQL in everyday workflows.

Aileen Barwell

Aileen Barwell

Office Manager

Aileen brings extensive experience of working as Personal Assistant or Executive Assistant across a diverse range of previous employments. This has included secretarial support to materials consultants within Hong Kong, to a series of Executive Secretary positions, the latest of which was 9 years as the Executive Secretary to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Hong Kong. More recently she has worked as an Educational assistant, a Caseworker for a former MP for Falmouth-Camborne and a Personal Assistant for WCA Chartered Surveyors.

Jonathan Coad

Jonathan Coad

Mineralogist

Jonathan Coad is a recent Geology graduate from the Royal School of Mines (RSM) and Camborne School of Mines (CSM), where he completed a Masters in Mineral Processing. As part of his time at RSM and CSM he acquired extensive experience in analytical and mineralogical analysis techniques along with the organisation of fieldtrips in his role as Vice-President of the student chapter of the Society of Economic Geologists at Imperial University. He joined Petrolab as part of a growing minerals consultancy supporting the materials and mining industry, and has just recently been promoted from Junior Mineralogist to Mineralogist.

Josie White

Josie White

Junior Mineralogist

Josie White is a recent Geology graduate from Keele University and the University of Manchester, where she has just completed a Master of Science in Petroleum Geoscience. During her time studying at University she also gained 7+ years technical and personal experience in the retail sector working at Boot Opticians, 111 Health Advisor and at Specsavers which brings invaluable real-world experience of working to deadlines and project management.

Daniel Manns

Daniel Manns

Junior Mineralogist

Daniel Manns is a recent Geology graduate from the University of Lancaster and the University of Iceland, where he has just completed a Master of Science. During his time studying he undertook a detailed study of plagioclase megacrysts within a volcanic system and as part of that gained valuable experience in sample preparation, thin section manufacture and petrography. He gained experience of laboratory work was through an internship with InVOLCAN in Tenerife, where he analysed soil gas samples through micro-chromatography (microGC) and quadrupole
mass spectrometry (QMS). As a result of these working experiences, he is well-versed in laboratory code of conduct, safety, and maintenance.

James Harvey

Junior Mineralogist

James Harvey is a recent graduate from the University of Exeter where he completed a first-class integrated Masters degree in geology in 2021. His fourth year research project investigated the potential for small deposit mining/production of technology metals in European terranes using GIS data. Since graduating he has worked for one year with Tungsten West as Junior Geometallurgist, a role heavily focussed around sample preparation, core logging, mineralogical data analysis and laboratory QAQC.

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.

 

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