WG Microanalytical RM Working Group
Obtaining reliable geochemical data is critically dependent upon the availability of high-quality Reference Materials (RMs -- also referred to as "standards"). Such samples are needed for both machine calibration and data quality control. This need for well characterized RMs is especially critical for microanalytical methods where machine calibration is often influence by the composition of the material under investigation.
The Geo.X working group on RMs brings together leaders from microanalytical laboratories of member institutions -- as well as experts in this topic from nearby institutions -- who require such materials in order to perform their research. The goal of this group is to identify and characterize new mineral samples for calibrating geochemical applications and then to make these materials available to the global geochemical community as much as possible.