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Research facilities

LIPI has access to the following state of the art research facilities:

NMR Facility (HB00.08) JEOL ECZ 600MHz 

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectroscopy is one of the most powerful non-destructive analytical techniques for determining the content quantitatively, its molecular structure and purity of chemical compounds. Modern NMR spectroscopy is widely applied in many disciplines of scientific research, medicine, and various industries such as chemistry, biology, material science, medicine, petroleum industry, and environmental studies. Once the basic structure is known, NMR can be used further to determine molecular conformation in solution as well as studying physical properties at the molecular level such as conformational exchange, phase changes, solubility, and diffusion.

Advances in technology now permit the solution of increasingly complex problems, and the acquisition of spectra on previously 'unacceptable' samples has now become routine. Currently, it represents a major building-block of all modern, ‘state-of-the art’ Pharmacy and Chemistry Schools/Departments worldwide.

The JEOL NMR spectrometer is currently situated in the Hawthorn Building in NMR Facility room HB00.08.


Dr Ketan Ruparelia, NMR Senior Technician

Shamima Choudhury, Laboratory Technician

Scanning Electron Microscopy Facility

The Analytical Microscopy Suite is home to a Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) coupled with an Energy Dispersive X-ray spectroscopy system. The SEM is a Carl Zeiss EVO LS 15, equipped with a Peltier stage (allowing fully hydrated ‘wet’ samples to be analysed) and a STEM detector. The EDX system is an Oxford Instruments X-max 80mm2 detector equipped with Aztec feature, allowing large area mapping and Gunshot Residue (GSR) samples to be analysed. The facility supports research and teaching in Health and Life Sciences and provides a service to other faculties within De Montfort University and to the commercial sector.

Technical staff supporting the facility have many years’ experience of SEM, along with a history of delivering a high standard analytical service, ranging from pharmaceuticals to forensic analysis.

The facility is located on the lower ground floor of the Hawthorn Building (HB00.12).



Dr. Rachel Armitage, Senior Laboratory Technician

Mass Spectrometry Facilities

The faculty of HLS has numerous mass spectrometry instrumentation from Agilent 6120 liquid chromatography mass spectrometry (LC-MS), Bruker 300-MS gas chromatography mass spectrometry (GC-MS) and an Agilent 7900 inductively couple plasma mass spectrometry (ICPMS). In addition, HLS benefits from the availability of an LC-QToF MS.

Contact: Dr Jinit Masania, Part Time Lecture/Senior technician: