Sample Preparation

Much of the analytical equipment available in Chemistry requires some form of sample preparation, and shared equipment is available for some applications.

Two students preparing samples

CEM Discover SP-D

Location: cTAP C01 Industrial Project Laboratory

The Discover SP-D performs acid digestion of samples using focused microwave irradiation for rapid heating and cooling of samples. Active pressure management enables safe operation up to 500 bar pressure, along with programmable safe venting of reaction gases at specified pressure points.

The Discover SP-D doubles as a microwave reaction system for microwave-assisted reactions requiring controlled, programmable heating control and capable of controlling elevated pressures.

CEM Phoenix Microwave Furnace

Location: cTAP C01 Industrial Project Laboratory

Rapid, accurate high-temperature furnace (up to 1200 °C) utilizes microwave power with bespoke instrument components to achieve focused microwave heating with a programmable control with increased safety and application compatibility.

The microwave furnace is compatible with all types of crucible including platinum, housing up to 8 × 25 ml crucibles within the bespoke furnace interior.

Hettich Universal 320R Centrifuge

Location: Faraday B07

This is a higher performance communal bench top centrifuge with optional cooling. This has a small number of adaptors for different-sized tubes, but you may need to transfer your sample to different tubes to use this.

Mini Centrifuges

Location: Faraday A73 and A75

There are also two mini centrifuges in A73 and A75 that can be used.



David Rochester

Dr David Rochester

Deputy Superintendent, Experimental Officer in Separations/Mass Spectrometry

Helen Quirk

Helen Quirk

FST Technical Director/Chemistry Department Safety Officer and Superintendent

FST Sustainability Advisory Committee

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