NEaar: North East Amino Acid Racemization

NE-aar is dedicated to providing world class amino acid racemization analysis as a tool for geochronology.  It is the NERC-recognised facility for amino acid analysis.


The staff of NEaar have a combined total of over fifty years experience of direct relevance to the use of amino acid racemization as a geochronological tool.

The NEaar lab became NERC-recognised in 2008 and has hosted over 80 British and international researchers, from undergraduate students to academic staff. 

NEaar has three main scientific objectives: 

  • to continue actively pioneering analytical advances in amino acid research;
  • to welcome visiting researchers and students, giving them the opportunity to learn the technique and analyse their own samples whilst supporting them in data interpretation;
  • to provide a “Pay-As-You-Go” amino acid analysis service for the earth science and archaeological science community.