Our Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences facilities are on par with industry

Laboratories and Laboratory Apparatus

Comprising one whole floor of the purpose-built George Knox laboratories, Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences facilities are arguably on a par with those found in the industry. Students make full use of the laboratories during their studies and gain hands-on experience using the extensive analytical equipment.

Built to the latest standards of safety, our laboratories cater for moderate class sizes to ensure students receive a more personal practical experience.

All the laboratories are equipped with AV teaching equipment and have Wi­Fi coverage.

The laboratories comprise:

  • A dedicated Organic chemistry laboratory.
  • A combined Inorganic/Physical chemistry laboratory.
  • Two very large general instrument laboratories that house some of the more routinely used analytical equipment (see below).
  • A dedicated student research laboratory, used primarily by year three and year four students undertaking their significant research project.
  • Two specialised laboratories for performing nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometry and scanning electron microscopy (SEM).

The more specialised techniques and equipment students will gain experience using throughout their studies include:

UV/Vis Spectroscopy:­

  • Two Unicam UV/Vis spectrometers
  • Two Cecil UV/Vis spectrometers
  • Two Perkin Elmer Lambda UV/Vis spectrometers
  • Two Perkin Elmer Lambda XLS UV/Vis spectrometers

Infrared (IR) Spectroscopy:­

  • Four Perkin Elmer infrared RX 1 spectrometers
  • Perkin Elmer Spectrum XII infrared spectrometer fitted with ATR sampling accessory

Fluorescence Spectroscopy:

  • Jenway Fluorimeter

Optical Emission Spectroscopy:

  • Varian ICP OES spectrometer

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Spectroscopy:

  • Bruker Avance III 400 MHz NMR spectrometer

High­-Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC):­

  • Shimadzu LC 10 AS HPLC
  • Hewlett Packard 1100 HPLC
  • Perkin Elmer HPLC with Flexar LC platform
  • Waters AcQuity UPLC­MS/MS

Gas Chromatography (GC):­

  • Two Perkin Elmer Clarus 500 GCs

Mass Spectrometry:

  • Varian GC Mass Spectrometer (GC model 450/Mass spectrometer model 450)
  • Thermoscientific GC/MS/MS (Triple Quad Mass spectrometer, TSQ 8000)
  • Thermoscientific ISQ Single quad with direct insertion probe

Scanning Electron Microscopy and X-­Ray Analysis:

  • Carl Zeiss 1430 scanning electron microscope coupled with an Oxford Instruments INCA microanalyser


  • Flame photometer
  • Joint Expert Speciation System ­ Chemical Environment Simulation Computer Programme
  • Web interface package WebMO, utilising GAMESS­US and MOPAC (molecular modelling software)