Scientists welcome new facility

University scientists have welcomed the arrival of improved facilities at the School of Chemistry.

Newly installed instrumentation - Nuclear Magnetic Resonance and Mass Spectometry - will enable university researchers and industry collaborators and clients to study the structure of chemical compounds and biological samples in greater detail and with improved efficiency.

This investment offers higher sensitivity, shorter measurement times, high throughput, higher accuracy and superior molecular characterisation than before.

Intricate analysis

The development, supported by £1.2 million of core capability funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, will enable scientists to unravel chemical compositions and study molecular interactions and molecular shapes.

It will also enable the study of the movement of molecules.

NMR analysis in Edinburgh is normally carried out on compounds in solution, while solid samples in solid state can be analysed at sister laboratories in St Andrews University.

The combined power of the EastChem partnership between Edinburgh and St Andrews makes most of the resources available.

The high-throughput nature of the facilities also meets the needs of industrial partners.

Opening event

Staff, students and guests celebrated the official opening of the renewed facilities.

Those in attendance heard a keynote lecture by invited speaker Prof. Marcel Jaspars of the University of Aberdeen, followed by short presentations and tours showcasing the capabilities of the renewed facilities.

I'm confident we'll see fruitful national and global collaboration, given the University's legacy as a centre of excellence in this field, and also for our students and researchers to take their expertise into the wider world.

Professor Eleanor CampbellSchool of Chemistry