Access to the department’s diverse range of equipment and expertise is also available to industry, where we can provide your company with testing and analysis services. Our equipment is housed in ‘Small Research Facilities (SRF’s) and run by dedicated experts with the know how to provide innovative solutions to your company’s issues.
The facility 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 extensively equipped with a selection of mass spectrometers and inlet systems including LC/MS, GC/MS, nanoLC/MS, UPLC/MS, MALDI. Particular services include high-resolution accurate mass analysis, amino acid analysis, proteomics and bulk/compound specific isotope ratio mass spectrometry.
Surface Analysis Facility
The Surface Analysis Facility (SAF) operates a diverse range of equipment with experienced staff to aid in the modification and provide comprehensive characterisation of surfaces and thin films. Particularly well equipped for FT-IR spectroscopy, AFM and BET the facility regularly works with industry on issues such as surface cleanliness and contamination issues, adhesion failures and disbondments and coating defects.
Chemical crystallography are one of the UK’s leading crystallography groups, equipped with state of the art diffractometers, carrying expertise in a range of related areas including absolute structure determination, structures from liquids, chiral discrimination, crystallisation and polymorphism. Past clients include various pharmaceutical companies and biotech firms.
The centre houses state of the art continuous wave CW and pulsed instruments operating at both X-band and W-band alongside a well equipped sample preparation lab allowing for application of the most-advanced techniques in pulsed ESR research. In all instruments, samples may be investigated in the temperature range 2.5 - 400K and the centre benefits from a large fleet of lasers and other photoexcitation sources. Types of measurements made include catalysis, protein—protein recognition, electron-electron or electron-nuclei distances, hydrogen storage and pathogen-host interactions.
The facility is equipped with a wide range of mass spectrometry instrumentation, sample preparation technologies and data analysis software. We have experience in protein identification, quantitative mass spectrometry (SILAC, label-free, dimethyl labelling, TMT) and characterisation methods for a range of post-translational modifications.
See Small Research Facilities for further equipment and services available throughout the University.
Contact us for more information on our small research facilities:
Dr Ashley Shepherd
External Services Coordinator