Facility Location
City & country
Warsaw (Poland)
Rakowiecka 31, Warszawa
Description & contacts of the access provider
Legal name of organisation
PGI - Polish Geological Institute
Infrastructure contact - Primary contact
RICC contact - Secondary contact
Adam Wojcicki
Facility Availability
Unit of access
Availability per year
Minimum 2 weeks
Expected duration of single experiment:
2 weeks

This research infrastructure provides tools to assess lithology, mineralogy and elemental as well isotopic composition of rock samples. The facilities belong to PGI Central Chemical Laboratory (accredited to PN/EN ISO/IEC 17025 - in the field of analyzed chemical and physical properties and the analyzed objects: water, wastewaters, soils, sediments, environmental and geological samples, plant materials) and PGI Micro-area Analysis Laboratory (isotopic, mineralogical and petrographical investigations, environmental protection studies, microbiology, and archaeology).

The facilities and methods most relevant are:

  •  ICP-OES (inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry),
  • FT-IR (Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy) with ATR and photoacoustic probes. Extended range suitable for mineralogical analysis (carbonate content),
  • Elemental Analyzer (carbon, hydrogen, sulfur, nitrogen, chlorine and oxygenin solid, non-aqueous samples )
  • Total Organic and Inorganic Carbon Analyzer in solid, non-aqueous samples
  • ICP-MS (inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer); 
  • SeaFast 3 - equipment for trace elements concentration and matrix (including borate) removal coupled to ICP-MS;
  • CAMECA SX 100 electron microprobe for qualitative and quantitative identification of minerals and their parageneses, phase composition of minerals, identification of diagenetic minerals, etc LEO 1430 scanning electron microscope with EDS (Energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy) spectrometer for mineralogical and elemental analyses;
  • Polarized light microscopes for planimetric analyses (minerals, clasts, pores) of rock samples,
  • CITL Mk5 Optical Cathodoluminescence Microscope Stage for analyses of cement of rock samples; • SHRIMP IIe/ (Sen
Figure 1. SHRIMP IIe/ion microprobe for isotopic analyses
State of the art, uniqueness, & specific advantages

The PGI-NRI PETRO-LAB facilities have been and being used in PGI-NRI for many applications - research on hydrocarbons, geothermal, CCS, engineering and environmental geology. Speaking of CCS, the important use of these facilities for the national programme and demo project consisted in providing data for models of reservoir and cap rocks, used then in computer simulations and laboratory experiments on rock-CO2-brine simulations (e.g. on the presence of particular carbonate and shaley minerals - the selection of minerals in question basing on known experiences of previous CCS studies, for example, on work of Audigane et al., 2006). The only exception is the SHRIMP facility, established only recently (not used in CCS projects by PGI yet) and enabling comprehensive isotopic analyses (e.g., estimation of absolute age of rock samples in order to trace and evaluate a regional caprock).

Scientific Environment

PGI-NRI PETRO-LAB: access to the infrastructures, proposed as the most relevant (ion & electron microprobes, microscopes and other instruments, supplementary to these in terms of mineralogical analyses), and experience of staff offered (experiences - see the state of the art). There is an ongoing initiative of EuroGeoSurveys on transnational access to such research infrastructure (in progress, since May 2014).


Other Large Initiatives

selected publications

Wójcicki A., Nagy S., Papiernik B., Szott W., Chećko J., Tarkowski R., Bąk T (2010)
Storage site candidate for Bełchatów demo plant
Second EAGE CO2 storage workshop „From Laboratory to Development”, Berlin 11-12.03.2010
Kozłowska A., Kuberska M., Pańczyk M., Sikorska M (2010)
Pore space in Lower Jurassic sandstones of the Bełchatów region [Przestrzeń porowa piaskowców jury dolnej w rejonie Bełchatowa] Biuletyn
Panstwowego Instytutu Geologicznego, Issue 439 PART 1, Pages 37-46
Wójcicki A. ()
A study on the pilot CO2 injection into a Jurassic aquifer in central Poland. 8th CO2GeoNet Open Forum
April 9 – 11, 2013 – Venice, San Servolo Island (presentation - available at the CO2GeoNet website)