Research facilities and services
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:
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.
The following instruments have been set up and are in use:
- Brookhaven Zeta
- Geo Pycnometer
- 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.
Current students in the Department of Chemical Engineering can find out more and book analytical services equipment online.
Any queries from external parties should be directed to Patricia Carry, Head of Analytical Services.
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.
Current students can find out more and book workshop equipment online.
For more information please contact the Mechanical Workshop Manager Tony Meredith.
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.
Current students can find out more and book electrical equipment online.
Computing services are provided by the Department in collaboration with the College's ICT department.
Academic and Professional staff are provided with a PC or laptop, as are undergraduate and MSc students. Research staff are provided with computing facilities via their research grants.
In addition to an individual pc and their research group computing resources, researchers have access to the Department’s small Linux cluster, the College Research Computing Service’s High Performance Computing (HPC) facilities and the UK National HPC facilities (in particular Thomas and ARCHER).
The Departmental Computing Services team is responsible for general administration of computing facilities for teaching.
The team runs the Department’s Linux cluster. It provides practical assistance to research computing users including software engineering advice and implementation of research related computer applications on Linux and Windows. The team also helps with users with Laboratory instrument interfacing and software issues.
ICT provide and support for teaching and college wide facilities such as Office applications, email and College administration systems.
For more information please see the Computing page on the Departmental intranet.
Please contact our Departmental Communications Officer for queries regarding the Departmental website, Personal Web Pages (PWP), Symplectic and Sharepoint.
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.
Mon-Thu 09.00 - 17.00
Fri 09.00 - 16.30
Closed for lunch 13.00-14.00