The Science Park

Oxford LabsThe Oxford Science Park is a unique and exciting location, designed specifically for science, technology and business. Oxford Labs is one of these innovative, leading edge organizations at the forefront of research and development.

On historic Oxford’s doorstep, The Oxford Science Park (a joint venture between Magdalen College, Oxford, and Prudential) is thriving as a centre of excellence for science, technology and business occupiers.

Founded in 1458 by William of Waynflete, Bishop of Winchester and Lord Chancellor of England, Magdalen College is one of the University of Oxford’s best known and oldest colleges. Magdalen was among the first colleges in Oxford to teach science and it has a long tradition of scientific excellence.  Nine individuals associated with Magdalen have been awarded Nobel Prizes, seven of them for their work in science and medicine, one for literature, and one for economics.

Companies on the Science Park benefit from the wealth of expertise within the Universities, and also for recruitment purposes they have access to science based graduates of the highest calibre. The first building on the Park was the Magdalen Centre, opened by then Prime Minister John Major in 1991, oxford-oldclosely followed by the opening of Sharp Research Laboratories in 1992.

There are now more than 50 companies in the Park operating in a variety of industry sectors including the bioscience, computer, telecommunications and environmental science industries.

  • Usage

    XRF spectroscopy is widely used for qualitative and quantitative elemental analysis of environmental, archaeological, geological, biological, industrial and other samples.
  • Compared to rival techniques, such as Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy (AAS), Inductively Coupled Plasma Spectroscopy (ICPS) and Neutron Activation Analysis (NAA), XRF has the advantage of being non-destructive, multi-elemental, fast and cost-effective.
  • Furthermore, XRF provides a good, uniform detection level across a large portion of the Periodic Table and is applicable to a wide range of concentrations, from 100% down to a few parts per million (ppm).
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Oxford Labs – FAQ

Which materials is XRF suitable for?
XRF can be used to test a wide range of materials from ceramics to metals and glass. It has various applications in industry, in environmental studies and the verification of antiquities. Read more

How do I get my item analyzed?
We can test on our premises or on site. Contact Oxford Labs for details of the services we offer.
How long does it take?
The process is fast and efficient. We aim to provide documentation and return of your items within two weeks. Read more

What results can I expect?
The chemical composition of the sampled area will be determined. We can offer an opinion as to the historical periods with which these results are consistent based on comparison with our database of known genuine results.
Does the process damage the item?
XRF does not damage the item. It is a safe and non-destructive process. Read more ...

What is the cost?
We offer a comprehensive service at a competitive price. Click here for our scale of charges.

What documentation will you provide?
The analysis will be fully documented and a signed certificate will be provided.