The Chemistry Research Facilities are divided into the following areas, click on the links to find out about each of their services:
The Department’s core NMR facility is housed principally in the Chemistry Research Laboratory and is one of the largest magnetic resonance facilities in the UK, supporting both chemical research and undergraduate practical work. It operates twelve solution-state and two solid-state FT NMR instruments with proton operating frequencies ranging between 200 and 700 MHz, which are capable of running most experiments of interest to the research chemist. Instruments are equipped with an extensive range of capabilities including two cryogenic probes (at 500 and 700 MHz), multinuclear probes, high- and low-temperature operation and automation. The facility is maintained and operated by five staff members and access is provided through fully automated instruments, open-access “hands-on” systems or through a submission service provided by NMR staff. The facility also provides commercial services to industry where possible.
The mass spectrometry research facility is housed in the Chemistry Research Laboratory and is one of the largest and best equipped mass spectrometry labs in the UK. It comprises sixteen mass spectrometer systems with an equipment base of £2.5 million and a comprehensive range of ionization techniques and inlet systems. These include GC/MS, LC/MS, LC-IRMS, nanoLC/MS, UPLC/MS MALDI TOF, Triple Quadrupoles and a SYNAPT ion-mobility MS system. These mass spectrometers are configured to provide a suite of open access, trained user and research grade systems available for researchers across the department. In addition a high resolution, accurate mass and biological molecule services are provided for departmental researchers and an external Mass Spectrometry Service for outside academic institutions and industry.
The SAF is a suite of equipment housed in several purpose built laboratories in the basement of the Chemistry Research Laboratory. It is primarily used by chemists, however researchers from, amongst others, materials, engineering, physics, biochemistry, glycobiology and medicine use its resources. The SAF contains a wide variety of state of the art scientific equipment capable of many experimental methods including: atomic force microscopy, scanning tunnelling microscopy, Fourier transform infra-red spectroscopy (including IRRAS, PMIRRAS and ATR spectroscopy), ellipsometry, X-ray reflectometry, X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy, Scanning Tunneling Microscopy, surface characterisation by gas adsorption (surface area, pore size distribution etc.) and dynamic surface tension and contact angle measurements. In addition there is a high vacuum metal evaporator, plasma etcher, ozone lamp and potentiostat for sample preparation and modification.
The X-ray Crystallography facility is located in the basement of the
Chemistry Research Building and contains state-of-the-art single
crystal X-ray diffractometers and equipment for sample crystallisation
and preparation. The instrumentation consists of two Nonius KCCD
Diffractometers and two dual wavelength Oxford Diffraction/Agilent
SuperNova A systems, giving access to conventional molybdenum
radiation and microfocus copper and molybdenum sources. All
instruments are fitted with Oxford Cryosystems’ Cryostreams enabling
data collection in the range 80-500K. There are also several
microscopes providing a range of magnification options, a hot and cold
stage and digital video cameras. Training and support is provided by
the facility staff and a commercial service is also available.