EDMONTON, Alberta The first diamond research laboratory of its kind in Canada opened Sept. 15 at the UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA. It is supported by DE BEERS CANADA, which provided $100,000 to furnish the lab with equipment that was not previously available in this country.
Dr. Thomas Stachel will head up the laboratory in the Faculty of Science at U of A where he holds a Canada Research Chair in Diamond Research. He is one of only a handful of scientists worldwide leading research in this field.
Commenting on the significance of the work this laboratory will do, Stachel said, "This research will expand scientific understanding of diamond formation and will provide valuable qualitative and quantitative data, which the diamond industry can employ to locate diamond deposits and predict their quality.”
Dr. Stachel can be contacted at Thomas.Stachel@ualberta.ca.