Technical Services


Analytical Services

Analysis of samples (including air-sensitive) containing C, H, N, Cl, Br, P & S; Cost from £16 per sample (£20 for air-sensitive samples).

Contact: Ms Gill Maxwell, tel. 020 7679 4629, email:

FT-IR, UV and Wet Chemistry Facilities

Extensive laboratory facilities including fume chambers are available to carry out all types of wet chemistry practical work. These facilities include access to computer driven FT-IR (Shimadzu 8700), Range: 7800 - 350 cm-1, Resolution: up to 0.5 cm-1. UV (Shimadzu 2041PC), Range 1100 - 190 nm). A full range of spectroscopic sampling equipment is available for gas, liquid and solid analyses.
Cost £50 per hour.

Contact: Mr Phil Hayes, tel. 020 7679 4661, email:
Available for advice: Wednesdays 10 - 18:00.

Mass Spectrometry Facility

We provide a Mass Spectrometry Service for the Chemistry Department, other UCL Departments and External Organizations. All work is considered and prices negotiated on an individual basis.

Contact: Dr Kersti Karu, tel. 020 7679 4605, email:

MAPS Workshop

A precision engineering manufacturing service in a wide variety of materials, including ferrous and non-ferrous metals, plastics, ceramics and wood. Facilities: milling, turning, grinding, welding, plasma cutting, fitting and hand finishing.
Contact: Mr Bob Gollay,  tel. 020 7679 4611, email:


Four Bruker NMR spectrometers with the following capabilities:

  • AMX300 with auto-switchable 1H/19F/13C/31P probe, sample changer, gradient facilities; Cost from £8 per spectrum or £50 per hour.
  • AMX400 triple channel system with two and three channel broadband 5mm probes; Cost from £8 per spectrum or £50 per hour.
  • AVANCE500 with two 5mm probes (direct and indirect 1H detection), sample changer, gradient facilities; Cost from £8 per spectrum or £50 per hour.
  • MSL300 for solid-state NMR studies with three CPMAS (2.5mm, 4mm and 7mm) and two wideline (broadband and 1H) probes; Cost from £15 per spectrum.

Examples of routine solution NMR experiments provided: 1H, 13C, 19F, 31P){1H} or 1H-coupled, DEPT, COSY(LR), NOESY, HMQC/HSQC, HMBC, diffusion rate measurements using DOSY, etc.
Minimum charges: £8 per spectrum or £50 per hour.
Contact: Dr Abil Aliev. tel. 020 7679 4616/44, email:

Single Crystal X-ray Diffraction

In February 2002 the department installed a new Bruker SMART APEX CCD diffractometer equipped with a variable temperature facility (90-300K). We are interested in developing new academic collaborations using the equipment and offer commercial users a 24 hr turn-round time on samples.
Cost from £450 per sample.
Contact: Dr. Derek Tocher, tel. 020 7679 4709, email:

Powder X-ray Diffraction

A Siemens D5000 powder diffractometer permits the characterization of powders between 77 and 1100 K.
Contact: Mr Martin Vickers tel. 020 7679 1004, email:


Solvents, Chemicals (only to UCL departments), Consumables and Stationery are available from the Chemistry stores. Opening hours: between 08:00 to 12:30 and between 13:30 to 15:45. Please note that stores closes at 15:00 every Friday for stock taking. All IDT related orders can only be processed or collected up to 15:00 daily.
Storekeeper: Tony Field, tel. 020 7679 7450, email: