Technical Services

The department offers a wide range of technical services. 

Mass Spectrometry

UCL Chemistry Mass Spectrometry Facility provides nominal and accurate mass measurements using EI, CI and ESI ionisation techniques,  LC-MS of small molecules and protein/antibody analyses,  GC-MS analyses with EI and CI ionisation, peptide finger printing, LC-MS/MS and MSn, GC-Selective Ion Monitoring (SIM) scans and LC-SIMs.  

Further information: Mass Spectrometry

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).

Further information is available from Ms Gill Maxwell

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.

Further information is available from Mr Phil Hayes on Wednesdays from 10am - 6pm.

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. 

Further information is available from Mr Bob Gollay.


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.  

Further information is available by contacting Dr Abil Aliev.

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. Further information is available by contacting Professor Derek Tocher.

Powder X-ray Diffraction

A Siemens D5000 powder diffractometer permits the characterization of powders between 77 and 1100 K.

For further information please contact: Mr Martin Vickers.

Chemistry Stores

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