The Technical Services supply support and back-up for the day-to-day needs of the Department’s teaching and research activities. This support is provided by a cadre of highly skilled technicians, most of whom are organised into the following key services and Chemical Engineering stores:

Services

Analytical Services

Analytical Services is home to more than 20 major analytical instruments and a collection of useful general laboratory equipment in a purpose-built modern laboratory.

Training and assistance is provided to all users, from student and research members of the Chemical Engineering Department to the wider College community. Our aim is to encourage users of the service to obtain the highest functionality from all instruments regardless of their experience, in a safe, clean working environment. Many of the instruments come equipped with an autosampler thus freeing up the time required to be spent in the laboratory.

Analytical Services Lab

The following instruments have been set up and are in use:

  • Accupyc
  • BET
  • Brookhaven Zeta
  • DMA
  • FTIR
  • Geo Pycnometer
  • HPLC
  • ICP
  • Ion Chromatography
  • Malvern Mastersizer
  • Microwave digestion
  • Lloyd EZ50
  • TA DSC
  • TA TGA
  • UV VIS Spectrophotometer
  • XRF Spectrometer

Ice, balances, assorted ovens and furnaces are available.

For more information please contact Patricia Carry, Head of Analytical Services.

Mechanical Workshop

Workshop The Chemical Engineering Workshop is supported by seven full time technicians and specialises in the design and manufacture of prototype equipment required for the Department's research work. The Workshop is divided into two separate areas: the main workshop and a student workshop.

The main workshop specialises in larger scale projects and offers a wider range of services. The workshop provides useful advice at project conception, assists in equipment design (utilising computer aided design systems) and provides a full range of manufacturing services on a wide range of machinery, including the use of computer controlled (CNC) machines for novel chemical engineering research equipment.

The student workshop is a dedicated area providing advice and instruction to students, allowing them to produce their own smaller scale apparatus whilst familiarising themselves with safe Workshop practices and procedures.

For more information please contact the Mechanical Workshop Manager Tony Meredith.

Electronics

Electronic Services The electronics workshop provides electronics technical support to the teaching and research operations of the department. Our services cover the following:

  • Maintenance of undergraduate laboratories and construction of new teaching equipment.
  • Provision of electronics support services to the CO2 pilot plant.
  • Repair and servicing of existing laboratory equipment and development of new equipment to special requirements.
  • Carry out portable appliance testing (PAT) safety checks for departmental electrical equipment.
  • Provide first line audio and visual support to lecture theatres and seminar rooms.

We offer a complete service from initial advice to the final construction of electronics equipment. Some examples of equipment built in-house are heating and cooling controllers, USB data loggers, power supplies and motor speed control systems.

Computing

Computing The ICT 2L support team based in the Department is called on to provide a flexible service that goes beyond simple desktop support, to ensure smooth running of the research and teaching aspects of the Department's work. Activities include supporting specialist software, the pilot plant computer hardware and supporting legacy lab based equipment.

Nam Ly and Duncan McLachlan fulfil a range of IT support needs in Chemical engineering, from desktop/network support, providing technical support for existing systems (e.g. lab equipment), clusters and expertise/resources for new developments (e.g. Application streaming).

The ICT Service Desk is the first point of contact for IT issues, requests and queries.

Open 08.30 to 18.00, Monday to Friday (excluding College holidays).
In person visit Level 4 (West) Sherfield Building, South Kensington Campus
Online via ASK ICT, a quick and easy way to log your request or problem and track your progress. 
Twitter: @TheServiceDesk
Telephone 020 759 49000 (internal 49000)
Your local ICT Support team will also be pleased to help you. All calls to them should be logged through the ICT Service Desk.

2015 ICT induction presentation slides

Please contact our Departmental Communications Officer for queries regarding the Department website, Personal Web Pages (PWP), Symplectic and Sharepoint.

Stores

Image: Stores Chemical Engineering stores supplies the Department's research community and administrative staff with essential equipment. Stores has over 1700 stock lines and sell items to anybody with a college identity card and valid account number. Chemical engineering staff and students are charged 2.5% above cost price and all other departments 10%.

The stock includes pressure fittings, stationery, computer, printer & laboratory consumables, cleaning and safety items and biochemical items.

If large quantities are required, stores staff are happy to take emailed orders and box them up ready for collection.

Every order placed within the Department is delivered to the stores and they are recorded and an email sent to the buyer.  

Opening Times
Mon-Thu 09.00 - 17.30
Fri 09.00 - 17.00
Closed for lunch 13.00-14.00

Contact
Ext: 45615
Email: chemeng-stores@imperial.ac.uk

Stores site on the Chemical Engineering intranet