The Faculty of Science has strengthened its stock of advanced analytical equipment. The acquisition of additional state-of-the-art apparatus has extended the Faculty’s teaching and research capabilities and provided a boost for student projects.
The ICP-mass spectrometry facility in the University’s Eadweard Muybridge building is now home to an inductively coupled plasma-atomic emission spectrometer (ICP-AES), used to analyse environmental samples. The machine, which cost almost £120,000, can measure chlorine and nutrients in natural water and concentrations of copper, nickel and zinc in ore deposits. It also indicates levels of toxic metals, such as lead and cadmium, in soils and essential minerals, including calcium, magnesium and iron, in foods. The University will act as a demonstration site for suppliers Jobin Yvon for the next five years.
Elsewhere in the Faculty, the School of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences has become the proud owner of a new X-ray diffractometer. Worth nearly £60,000, it aids researchers studying the structural arrangement of atoms in solid materials. The Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences Research Group, meanwhile, is looking forward to the arrival of a confocal laser scanning microscope, which will be delivered early this year. The £200,000 instrument will allow superior resolution imaging for both bioscience and geological research.
Faculty marketing manager Dr Nick Petford said the new acquisitions would ensure the University remained at the cutting edge of scientific research. “Our staff and students now have access to some of the most advanced equipment available,” he said.