Research facilities

Research is carried out in one of the state-of-the-art research laboratories including the recently refurbished Birchall lab for Inorganic Materials, the analytical chemistry lab or the Shelton Laboratory for Organic Synthesis.

Research staff and students have access to a wide variety of research equipment available in the Keele’s Centre of Analytical Services, which is part of the research centre, including FT-IR, UV/Vis, Fluorescence and FT-NMR spectrometers, GC, HPLC, ICP-OES, ICP-MS, LC-MS, GC-MS chromatography, catalyst testing apparatus, Laser Flash Photolysis, Raman microscopy, X-ray Diffraction & Microfocus instruments.

Two Inductively Coupled Plasma (ICP) machines equipped with Mass Spectrometry and Optical Emission Spectroscopy modules offer an excellent choice for elemental analysis in environmental media including soil, water, wastes, biota, etc. with high precision and accuracy from ppm to ppb and even ppt level detection capabilities.

Atomization of the analyte of interest is undertaken in plasma (6000 to 800 oC) and the resulting emissions are detected by a mass spectrometer (MS module) or optically (OES module).

Perkin Elmer ICP-MS Vista MPS ICP-OES

Perkin Elmer ICP-MS

Vista MPS ICP-OES