From small molecules to polymeric biomaterials, we have the facilities and expertise to determine structure and explore the structure-function relationships.

Malvern Zetasizer Nano ZS

Contact: Dr. Surangi Jayawardena

This instrument is a high performance two angle particle and molecular size analyzer for the enhance detection of aggregates and measurement of small or dilute samples, and samples at very low or very high concentration using dynamic light scattering with. It can be used for the measurement of particle/protein size, electrophoretic mobility of proteins, zeta potential of colloids and nanoparticles.


SpectraMax M2 Microplate Reader

Contact: Dr. Surangi Jayawardena

A multi detection microplate reader with duel-mode cuvette ports, dual monochromators, and top-and-bottom reading capability. Detection modalities include absorbance and fluorescence intensity. Endpoint, kinetic, spectrum and area-well scanning read types and the PathCheck sensor allows homogenous and heterogenous microplate assays to be performed in one flexible system.



Instron Mechanical Testing Instrument

Contact: Dr. John Foster

Equipped with a 1kN load capacity with a 100N load cell and is equipped with submersible pneumatic standard and yarn grips. The Biopuls® bath permits testing of materials solutions from ambient to 40°C. The video extensometer system measures true elongations under dry and submersed conditions, while a variable angle peel attachment permits analyses of bonding strengths between layers.


Thermo Orbitrap XL Mass Spectrometer

Contact: Dr. Bernhard Vogler

The Thermo Orbitrap XL instrument allows for high resolution (3 ppm) MS, and MS-MS measurements. The instrument is equipped with an ESI interface and with an additional HPLC system allows for LC-MS measurements.






Perkin Elmer Spectrum FT-IR

Contact: Dr. Bernhard Vogler

We can perform Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy using a ThermoFisher iS50. The system has an iSR50 attachment for attenuated total reflection (ATR). It also has a cell to analyze liquids and an attachment for grazing angle reflection. This iS50 instrument is currently being used to analyze the compositions of liquids and powders using ATR.



Agilent GC-MS

Contact: Dr. Bernhard Vogler

We have a number of Mass Spectroscopy instruments. This Agilent GC-MS consists of a 5890 GC with 5973MSD quadrupole MS, EI ionization and a 7693 autosampler. In addition a second column is supported with a Flame Ionization Detector (FID).





TA Instruments TGA Q500

Contact: Dr. Surangi Jayawardena

The TA instruments TGA can operate from ambient to 1000 °C. Sample weight capacity is 1000 mg. Weighing precision is ± 0.01%. Heating rate 0.1 – 100 oC/min. Ultra high purity argon used as purge gas. Data can be easily exported using the TRIOS software.





Filmetrics Profilm 3D

Contact: Dr. John Foster

This contactless optical profilometer uses state of the art white light interferometry (WLI) to accurately measure surface profiles and roughness down to 0.001µm. Values are calculated to a variety of national and international standards.