Chemistry Laboratories

We have three laboratories for general use representing 721.5 m2 with 26 fume hoods, fully equipped for wet chemistry and standard chemical analysis. The J B Firth building also houses an extensively stocked open access analytical suite of 336 m2 for full sample characterisation.

Support is provided by our team of dedicated technical staff. These facilities are available for consultancy use.

Detailed information

Kit list

  • Horiba LabRam HR confocal Raman microscope with 532 and 785 nm lasers for point spectra, mapping and 3D imaging; Sampling Accessories: Cuvette holder for rapid solution analysis, super head Raman probe, immersion Raman capability and catalyst stage for environmental control and heating
  • Agilent FTIR Microscope with MCT detector on the microscope and DTGS in the research grade bench. Fitted with Diamond and Germanium micro ATR-FTIR and macro ATR-FTIR in the macro sample compartment
  • 5 x ATR-FTIR systems
  • Thermo TRACE 1300 GC with Ion Trap MS ITQ 700, compatible with direct insertion probe, liquid and headspace autosampler
  • Thermo TRACE GC Ultra fitted with DSQII Mass Spec system (single quadrupole) and compatible with direct insertion probe and liquid autosampler
  • Thermo TRACE 1300 GC with ISQLT Mass Spec system (single quadrupole) with liquid autosampler
  • Dionex Ion Chromatography System
  • 5 x HPLC systems fitted with UV and diode-array detectors
  • 2 x GC fitted with Flame Ionisation Detectors
  • HoribaJY FluorMax-4 Spectrofluorimeter Specroflourometer
  • 2 Bench top JEOL JCM-6000 Plus SEM one fitted with EDS
  • 2 x Bruker NMR ◦Fixed Proton and Carbon dual probe 300 MHz solution NMR with autosampler
  • Multinuclear solid state and solution 400 MHz NMR
  • Thermo iCE 3000 Series Atomic Absorption Spectrometer
  • Thermo X Series Inductively Couple Plasma Mass Spectrometer
  • Thermo ICAP 7000 Series ICP-Spectrometer
  • Flame photometry spectrometer
  • Organic Elemental Analyser
  • Bruker D2 Phaser Bench top X Ray Diffractometer
  • Shimadzu UV-VIS-NIR Spectrometer
  • Microwave Digestive System
  • High Pressure Autoclave Reactor
  • Range of furnaces and tube furnaces
  • Sample Preparation: Sputter Coating, Microwave Digestion, Centrifuges; Lyophilisation (Freeze Drying)


Access to these facilities is available outside of normal business hours on a case-by-case basis.  


The Chemistry Laboratories can be found in 112, 209 of the JB Firth Building

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