Laboratory Facilities

The campus is a leading centre for the advancement of targeted research, commercial innovation and enterprise development.  The facilities, mainly laboratories, have been designed for research with an applied focus, and for the advancement of commercial innovation and enterprise development. The campus has a suite of laboratory facilities that house specialist equipment to service the needs of business and industry on demand.  There is a solid and proven track record in service provision and commercial R&D, and some of facilities like MiCRA-Diagnostics and the Centre of Applied Science for Health have become a local hub for short problem-solving projects, testing and measurement and process/product optimisation and validation. 

On the top floor of the Centre of Applied Science for Health we rent out large, serviced laboratory space to small start-up companies in areas of relevance to the Centre.

We have dedicated laboratories one for scanning electron microscopy, with two SEM instruments, one with EDX function, and the second which has 300 MHz and 500 MHz multi-nuclear NMR systems (can do solid state as well). There are two analytical instrumentation laboratories which have a wide range of general chromatographic and spectroscopic equipment, including GC, LC, UHPLC, NIR, Raman, UV- VIS, Fluorescence, CE etc. In addition to that we have three GC-MS systems, with auto injection capability, an accurate mass LC-MS with electrospray ionization (Agilent 6530); a Bruker Autoflex III MALDI time-of-flight MS for large molecule molecular mass determinations.

An RF anechoic chamber (ca. 20m2) with a Keysight vector network analyser, vector signal generator / analyser. The chamber includes an Innco Systems CT0500 turntable which can be programmed to work with various EMC test cases. The chamber and associated instruments, form a complementary resource to the RFT Lab that provides an environment that is essential for the testing of RF devices and systems. Testing in respect of EMC investigations & pre-compliance, harmonic analysis, low- noise amplification and antenna performance can be performed using the chamber. One, of only a number within the country, the Anechoic Chamber represents the Institute’s commitment to collaborative research and support with local enterprises and sister academic institutions.

These laboratories have a suite of laminar airflow hoods for cell culture processes, and equipment for biochemical analysis, including spectrophotometers and a Mason Technology H1 Hybrid 96 Plate Well Reader, and a 7300 Real Time PRC System. There is also a Whithey H35 Hypoxystation for specialist protection, incubators, including a C02 incubator, and a separate lab with a confocal microscope. There is also a dark room attached to the lab.

Includes a purpose built MTS 858 Bionix® test system with supporting biomechanical subsystems including a hip wear simulator and spinal kinematics system. This servohydraulic system can precisely simulate a full range of joint motions including flexion/extension, lateral bending, axial tension/compression, torsion, X-axis shear and Z-axis shear. Load data from a six-degree-of-freedom load cell and displacement data from a range of transducers throughout the test system are used to evaluate the performance of various orthopaedic treatments such as balloon kyphoplasty and scoliosis correction surgery.

Has benchspace and 11 high specification extraction fumehoods, serviced with gases for inert reactions. The laboratory is kitted out with ancillary equipment and glassware for advanced chemical experimental synthesis. There is also specialist synthesis equipment, including a hyrdogenator, microwave synthesiser and a solid phase peptide synthesiser.

 Used mainly for sensor fabrication and analysis with at least 6 different potentiostats for cyclic voltammetry, square wave voltammetry.

Has an array of screen and laser printing systems, plastics assembly apparatus, dispensing systems and potentiostats for advanced sensor studies.

One dedicated laboratory for scanning tunnelling microscope and ancillary equipment, with a second surface lab which houses an atomic force microscope 5500 AFM; FT-IR with attachments; First Ten Angstroms FTA 1000 C-Class Drop Shape Analyser; First Ten Angstroms DCA-100 Contact Angle Tensiometer; NIMA Technology Langmuir-Blodgett Trough; Alicona MeX SEM 3D Imaging Software.

The Department of Mechanical Engineering has invested heavily in industry standard laboratory equipment and research facilities in the areas of rapid prototyping, manufacturing, measurement, automation, control, bioengineering, energy, fluids, thermodynamics and materials science. In the laboratories students face real issues and their preparation and training equips them for jobs in Industry.  The facilities available are 3D Printing, co-ordinate measurement, and Computer Aided Design Software; Laser-based Rapid Prototyping Equipment; Numerically controlled Milling and Lathe systems; Inverted Metallographic Microscope; Non-contact Gauging Laser Micrometer; Photoelasticity Apparatus.

Fitted with laminar air flow hoods and suited to work on DNA extraction and analysis; class 1 microorganisms and bioanalysis projects. The laboratory has a Stuart PCR machine, nanodrop for detection of DNA & proteins, gel imaging system, colony counter, microscopes, spectrophomoters, centrigues, incubators and autoclaves.Micro/biology Laboratory: fitted with laminar air flow hoods and suited to work on DNA extraction and analysis; class 1 microorganisms and bioanalysis projects. The laboratory has a Stuart PCR machine, nanodrop for detection of DNA & proteins, gel imaging system, colony counter, microscopes, spectrophomoters, centrigues, incubators and autoclaves.

Designed and risk assessed to the highest standards for working with class 2 type microorganisms in a Laminar Flow Hood, with a complete suite of protocols and procedures to ensure safe operations, cleaning and contamination control. This lab is equipped with dedicated centrifuges, incubators (with and without CO2), autoclaves, microscopes, freezers (-80, -20, 40C), mixers, and spectrophometers for analysis. 

Self-contained and dedicated Microelectronics Fabrication Cleanroom contains a range of specialized equipment which may be cost prohibitive to some companies yet offer benefits in terms of once-off or ongoing use. The main equipment includes Three Stack Wafer Furnace; Kurt J. Lesker PVD 75; Edwards Auto 500; Quintel Q-4000 Mask Aligner; Sopralab GES-5E Spectroscopic Ellipsometer; Signatone Probe Station; Agilent Precision LCR Meter & Semiconductor Parameter Analyser; Jandel Four-Point Probe and Keithley Meters and supplemental to this are microscopes, an acid wet bench and a fume hood all in a Class 10000 Cleanroom with a Class 1000 Photolithography Area.

With equipment, devices and software for work on embedded systems, communications technology, analogue electronics and control and semiconductor fabrication.

The Department of Science has a 3000 sq ft Technology Development & Transfer Laboratory in the main building which houses a 2L automated Chemical Reactor, Prep HPLC system, 10L 1 Pot Granulator / Dryer, Fluid Bed Dryer (Glatt), Homogeniser, Tablet Press, Powder Testing Equipment – e.g. Particle Size, Dissolution, Hardness, Friability, Disintegration, sieves. There is also a supporting process analytical laboratory (PAT Lab) with Raman and NIR spectrometers, particle size analyser, rheometer and thermoanalytical instruments, e.g. DSC, TGA.