Our Chemistry facilities are on par with industry

Laboratories and Laboratory Apparatus

Comprising one whole floor of the purpose built George Knox laboratories, the Chemistry/Analytical Facilities are arguably on a par with those found in 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)