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Analytical Methods Laboratory

Our Analytical Methods Laboratory has a comprehensive range of instrumentation for chemical analysis including chromatography, electrochemistry,molecular and atomic spectroscopy.

Analytical chemistry is widely used in both research and industry with applications across biology, chemistry, engineering and forensic science. All types of samples can be analysed using our instrumentation including biological fluids, natural extracts, food, drugs, environmental samples, paint, polymers, ignitable liquids and volatile organic chemicals.


Some examples of how our researchers, students and customers have used this facility are:


  • Analysis of illicit drugs including identification of novel psychoactive substances (GC-MS, LC-MS, FTIR and NMR)
  • Identification of biomarkers for location of clandestine graves and the determination of post mortem interval (GC-MS, HPLC, LC-MS and NMR)
  • Determination of chemical attractants for the British mosquito (GC-MS and GC-EAG)
  • Forensic investigation of perfumes, deodorants and antiperspirants (ATD-GC-FID, GC-MS, FTIR)
  • Research into ignitable liquids and their packaging (ATD-GC-FID)
  • Environmental studies and investigation of historical sites (electrochemistry, atomic spectroscopy)
  • Determination of cortisol in saliva and hair


  • LC-MS: Agilent 1260 Infinity II HPLC coupled to iFunnel 6550 QToF with ESI
  • Perkin Elmer 2000 HPLC with autosampler and diode array detector
  • Perkin Elmer 200 HPLC with autosampler and UV and fluorescence detectors
  • Perkin Elmer Clarus 500 GC-MS
  • Perkin Elmer Clarus 500 dual FID
  • Perkin Elmer Clarus 500 with FID and NPD
  • Thermo Trace Ultra with FID and NPD
  • Perkin Elmer 650 ATD coupled to Clarus 500 GC
  • CDS 5000 Pyrolyser coupled to Clarus 500 GC
  • EAG: HP GC 5890A with on column injection and FID coupled to electroantennagram
  • Thermo Nicolet 380 FTIR
  • Perkin Elmer Lambda 3 UV-Vis spectrometer
  • Thermo Fisher Evolution 201 UV-Vis spectrometer
  • Thermo Fisher Lumina fluorimeter
  • Thermo Fisher iCE 3000 AAS
  • Thermo Fisher iCE 3000 graphite furnace AAS
  • Solaar S4 flame AAS
  • BWB XP flame photometer
  • S & M Sherwood 410 flame photometer
  • Metrohm VA 797 voltammetry system
  • Ball mill
  • Freeze dryer


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