School of Chemical Sciences

Facilities and research instruments available for use

The School of Chemical Sciences at the University of Auckland has an extensive range of scientific equipment available for use.

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR)

Five nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometers; a Bruker Avance 300, two Avance III 400, an Avance III HD 500 and an Avance 600 equipped with a triple-resonance cryoprobe.  All spectrometers are multinuclear gradient capable, with the ability to run all available pulse sequences. The Avance 300 and Avance III HD 500 are capable of running solid samples, utilising 7 mm, 4 mm and 2.5 mm rotors and broadband tuneable probeheads.

See Auckland Science Analytical Services and NMR for more information.

Mass spectrometry (including ICP MS)

A Bruker micrOTOF-QII high resolution mass spectrometer (with HPLC interface) capable of unit mass resolution to 17,500, with a mass range of 50 – 20,000 m/z reaches a mass accuracy of within 3 ppm. PHI 7200 Time-of-Flight Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometer. Agilent ICP-MS 7700x, a New Wave 193 nm laser ablation frontend for the ICP-MS, a Dionex UPLC system and an Agilent CE 7100 which can also be coupled to the ESI- and ICP-MS systems.

See Auckland Science Analytical Services and Mass spectrometry for more information.


X-ray diffraction and radioloysis

Bruker X-ray diffractometer with a SMART platform goniometer equipped with a CCD area detector.  Low temperature operation is by an Oxford Cryosystems Cryostream to provide routine data collection at 150K.  A 4MeV linear accelerator with associated microsecond pulse radiolysis instrumentation and a Cobalt-60 gamma source for steady-state irradiations.

See Auckland Science Analytical Services and X ray facility for more information.


A range of chromatography LCMS and GCMS systems are available including two Agilent GC-MS systems for wine aroma profiling, an Agilent GC with FID detector and olfactory port, an Agilent 1100 HPLC with diode array and electrochemical detectors, and an Agilent 1200 HPLC with semi-prep capabilities.  In addition, two Teledyne Isco, CombiFlash Rf 200 automatic chromatography systems are available.


A range of Biologic, BioAnalytical Systems, Princeton Applied Research, EDAQ, and CH Instruments potentiostats and electrochemical workstations.

Spectroscopic instruments

UV-Visible, atomic absorption, emission, and fluorescence spectrophotometers, vibrational spectrophotometers including FTIRs with near and far IR capability and ATR attachments, a tunable diode IR laser spectrophotometer and laser Raman spectrophotometers.

Computational facilities

The School has access to the University of Auckland super computer called NeSI

Other instrumentation

Digital Instruments Nanoscope III AFM/STM, Philips FEG Scanning Electron Microscope, Joel JES-FA200 EPR spectrometer, facilities for manipulation of air-sensitive materials, Rudoph Research Analytical Autopol IV automatic polarimeter, ThalesNano H-Cube continuous flow hydrogenator reactor, Metrohm 831 KF Coulometer for Water content determination, Buchi Rotavapor R-220 for large volume solvent distillation (2 units), PerkinElmer EnSpire Multimode Plate reader, 2 LC Techology Solutions Solvent purification systems.

Please see Research centres and groups for information about instrumentation and equipment associated with research centres: including