Facilities

A £26 million investment in our newly refurbished Faraday Building is benefitting students and researchers with state-of-the-art laboratories as well as amongst the best instrumentation in the UK.

Teaching labs

Teaching labs

Our main teaching lab is highly flexible, with a capacity of 60 students and three separate bays for teaching. This makes the laboratory equally useful for both small and large class sizes. Our labs also contain state-of-the-art equipment such as our glovebox, 30 fume hoods, and support a variety of modern spectroscopic, analytical and computational instrumentation.

NMR machines

NMR machines

Our £1.2 million Solid State NMR machine weighs 3 tonnes and is identical to one used at Cambridge University. We also possess two solution state NMR machines that cost in the region of £300,000; one of these is used primarily for research, the other for teaching. These are used by our Analytical Chemistry and Spectroscopy research group to characterise and measure the properties of atoms, molecules, solids, materials and biological systems.

X-Ray

X-Ray

Our X-ray facilities contain state-of-the-art X-ray diffractometers for the analysis of crystals, powders and thin-films. Using these techniques, we are able to determine the chemical structures of new materials synthesised in our department, and also identify known materials from complex mixtures. These highly intuitive instruments provide an accessible and valuable aid to students who are learning X-ray diffraction techniques.

Electron and atomic force microscopes

Electron and atomic force microscopes

Our Keysight 5500 allows you to view objects magnified millions of times, and images in air, fluids, and under controlled environmental and temperature conditions. Our Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscope has a magnification range of 25× to 1,000,000.

Raman Spectroscopy

Raman Spectroscopy

We have recently introduced the use of Raman spectroscopy in our Department. Named after its discoverer C.V. Raman, the technique is used to characterise biological materials, including live cells and biopharmaceutical therapeutics. In addition, we provide access to our high quality confocal Raman microscope. With its three excitation lasers at 532 nm, 785 nm and deep UV at 244 nm, it offers an extremely flexible Raman spectroscopy set-up. This is for use with a wide range of materials, chemicals and biological samples.

Mass Spectrometry

Our array of separations equipment, costing several £100,000, allows the identification and quantification of trace compounds. Applications of this include impurity monitoring, food and beverage analysis, forensics and toxicology, agriculture and pharmaceuticals.

Nanoscribe

Nanoscribe

The Nanoscribe Photonic Professional GT is the fastest microscale 3D printer available, with an achievable feature size of 1 µm (micrometre) and smaller.

Collaborative Technology Access Programme

The £11.3m cTAP building provides businesses access to facilities and expertise located in the Chemistry Department currently unavailable to inwardly investing businesses within the UK.

We also have access to an array of other instrumentation located in Lancaster Environment Centre (LEC), as well as the Department of Physics and the Department of Engineering. We believe that collaboration between different disciplines is essential for the progression of chemical research. Our equipment is also available for use by members of other departments.