Facilities and Equipment

photo of a student performing an experiment in a lab.

The research is carried out in two air-conditioned laboratory buildings of modern design, the Petrie Science & Engineering Building and the Chemistry Building, which are linked on all levels. Both have extensive areas for research and are well equipped with support facilities.

Please note that the following is not an exhaustive list, and that equipment is continually upgraded and added to the Department.

  • Chromatography
    • Varian High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) with High Sensitivity Fluorescence Detector
    • Shimadzu Liquid Chromatography System with Dual Wavelength UV/Vis Detector
    • Gas Chromatography System with Flame Ionization Detector (GC-FID) 5890 II
    • Gas Chromatography — Mass Spectrometry System (GC-MS) 5890 II + 5972 MS
    • Hewlett-Packard HPLC-1100 with Variable Wavelength Detector (VWD)
    • micro-HPLC System with Charged Coupled Device (CCD) Detector
    • and many more...
  • Electrochemistry
    • Potentiostat and Frequency Response Analyser (1 MHz max.) for impedance spectroscopy and electroanalytical methods
    • Potentiostat and Frequency Response Analyser (20 kHz max.) with pulse deposition capability in the ms range and other a.c. methods
    • Several Potentiostats from Princeton Applied Reseach and Obbligato Objectives Inc.
  • Mass Spectrometry
    A suite of modern and unique mass spectrometers, including tandem quadrupoles and tandem quadrupole/time-of-flight spectrometers. Available modes of ionization and excitation include inductively-coupled plasma, laser ablation, flame, atmospheric pressure chemical ionization, electron impact, electrospray, and MALDI. These include:

    • PE SCIEX API 3000 prototype Triple-Quadrupole Mass Spectrometer
    • PE SCIEX Q/STAR prototype Hybrid Quadrupole/TOF Mass Spectrometer
    • PE Biosystems Voyager DE-STR MALDI/TOF Mass Spectrometer
    • PE SCIEX API 365 Triple-Quadrupole Mass Spectrometer
  • NMR Spectroscopy
    • Bruker 700 MHz Spectrometer
    • Bruker DRX 600 MHz Spectrometer
    • Bruker ARX 400 MHz Spectrometer
    • Bruker ARX 300 MHz Spectrometer
  • Electron Spin Resonance Spectroscopy
    • Varian E-4 EPR Spectrometer
  • Protein X-ray Crystallography
    • Rigaku Micro-Max 007HF Microfocus X-ray generator with Saturn 944+CCD detector
  • Electron Spin Resonance Spectroscopy
    • Varian E-4 EPR Spectrometer
  • Surface Characterization
    • Scanning Tunnelling Microscope coupled to an electrochemical system (in-situ STM)
    • Atomic Force Microscope (AFM) equipped with a potentiostat for electrodeposition studies
    • Facility for the growth and orientation of metal single-crystal surfaces and alloys including an x-ray generator and several furnaces
  • UV-Vis-NIR Electronic Spectroscopy
    • Unisearch Associates Near-IR Diode Laser Spectrometer
    • Cary 2415 UV-Vis-NIR Spectrometer
    • Perkin-Elmer-Hitachi PE-340 Spectrometer
    • several Hewlett-Packard HP-8452A Diode Array UV-Vis Spectrometers
    • Varian SF-330 Spectrofluorometer
  • Vibrational Spectroscopy
    • Bruker StepScan FTIR Spectrometer fitted with Matrix Isolation System
    • Perkin-Elmer PE-1750 FTIR Spectrometer
    • Matson 3000 FTIR Spectrometer
  • Precision Instruments Facility
  • Electronics Shop
  • Glassblowing Shop
  • Machine Shop
  • Drafting and Photography Facilities
  • Other
    • Fast response Tunable Diode Laser Spectrometer
    • Argon Ion Laser. Dye Laser
    • Gilson 215 Liquid Handler (The system is capable of both sample injection and fraction collection and can accomodate up to 8 microtitre plates)

Some of this instrumentation is shared by the research faculty. Other equipment includes modern laser and electrochemical facilities, flash photolysis, an atmospheric flame ionization mass spectrometer, a Selected Ion Flow Tube (SIFT)/ Flowing Afterglow Mass Spectrometer, specialized instrumentation for monitoring trace atmospheric constituents, smog chambers and two mobile laboratories for trace atmospheric constituents analysis. Computing facilities include dedicated desktop units (UNIX, PCs) and mainframe computers.

Please visit York Research for more information.

The Steacie Science Library subscribes to significant chemical and biochemical journals and holds extensive series of back issues.