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Chemical Biology Research Facility

The Chemical Biology Research Facility (CBRF) is located on the first floor of B block. Find us on the campus map

Our dedicated laboratories include:

  • Biology Laboratory for the handling of BHSL 1 microorganisms
  • Chemistry Laboratory with 10 fume hoods
  • Cold Room (for protein purification)
  • Microbiology Laboratory (for growing BHSL 1 microorganisms)
  • Containment level 2 Laboratory (for handling BHSL 2 microorganisms)
  • Instrument Laboratory (housing a range of fluorescence and UV-Vis spectrometers)
  • HPLC Laboratory
  • Dark Room
  • Protein Crystallisation Facility

Chemistry Stores and Purchasing

The Chemistry Stores are located in Science Block G. The main customer entrance can be accessed from the first floor back door of C block. Find us on the campus map

  • The stores is a useful source for a variety of commonly used chemicals, apparatus, glassware and stationery. A full listing of the range of items held within the Stores can be found in the Stores catalogues (paper copies of the catalogues are also situated at the Stores withdrawals hatch).
  • Before making a requisition of any kind, an individual must be allocated a Stores code - a unique initial code relating to their budget code (this is obtained from the Chemistry Finance Office upon starting in the Department).

Making a Withdrawal from Stock in Stores
  • Stock and Stores code details are taken and goods are issued by the Stores staff and records and budget details will update accordingly
  • Exchanges of goods or requests for amendments should be discussed with Rob Jenkins.
Request for a “Special Order” USE OPeRA
  • Special orders can be placed for consumable items of a more specialised nature that are not kept in stock, through a nominated external supplier.
  • These are placed by using internal e-procurement system, OPeRA. Further information can be found here.
  • Stores staff are on hand to answer any queries relating to suppliers
  • Stores staff email requisitioners when “special orders" are in stock and, will need to collect and sign for receipt of goods.

Electronics Workshop

The Electronics Workshop is located in B013 on the Ground Floor of B Block and is accessed under the bridge that links the Science Concourse to the E Block Lecture Theatres. Find us on the campus map

Contact Rod Wesson or Marcus Grant (located in the mechanical workshop) to discuss electrical or electronic testing and repair and fabrication of specialist equipment. Please email first as the workshop is not staffed at all times.

New design work

For new design work we have a selection of software to assist:

  • For PCB design we have ISIS schematic capture (circuit design) and simulation using SPICE models. This links with the ARES PCB layout software
  • For CAD and artwork design we use Coreldraw 15
  • For programming the PIC microcontrollers we use on some of our designs we use MPLAB
  • We also have a CEL Robox 3D printer

Examples include:

  • Ika hotplate repair
  • Ion gauge realignment
  • Component replacement

Glassblowing Service

In order for Steve to carry out uninterrupted glassblowing procedures, there are two sessions during the day for workshop visits for deposit/collection of jobs and to consult/discuss your requirements/projects:

If these hours are unsuitable or inconvenient, please email Steve to make alternative arrangements or submit a work request.

Technical support

Mass Spectrometry

Lab Hours
09:00 to 18:00

Sample Submission Service Hours
09:00 to 15:00


Dr Lijiang Song
Associate Professor, Head of Mass Spectrometry Facility

Room: A108
Telephone: 024 7615 1766

Miss Lynette Walsh
Senior Mass Spectrometry Technician

Room: A112
Telephone: 024 7652 2183



Experiments available

Mass range

PerkinElmer 5300DV ICP-OES,
Agilent LC-ICP-MS (7900)

For all metal/semimetal trace analysis,0.01-100ppm for OES,1-1000ppt for ICP-MS

0-250 m/z

Bruker Ultraflex Extreme and Autoflex Speed MALDI TOF/TOF

For high Mw protein and polymers, more tolerate towards salt and detergent(50mM or similar)

50-200,000 m/z (extended to 500,000)

Agilent 5977B GC-MS (EI/CI)

Only for small volatile very hydrophobic compounds, need to be thermally stable

20-1,000 m/z

Agilent 6130B single Quad (ESI)

Routine Mw for relative polar compounds, need to be salt free

50 - 3,000 m/z

Bruker Compact, Bruker MaXis II, MaXis Plus and MaXis Impact Q-TOF (ESI-HR-MS/MS)

Can achieve <5ppm on MicroTOF or sub-ppm mass accuracy on MaXis, no salt and detergent

50-20,000 m/z probably up to 150KDa molecules

Bruker Amazon X+Bruker HCT-plus+Bruker HCT Ultra ETD+Bruker Amazon ETD+Thermo LTQ-XL+Waters Xevo TQXS and TQD(ESI)

LC/ESI/MS/MS (unit resolution and 50-100ppm mass accuracy)

50-3,000 m/z (6000 extended range)

Training can be booked from the training booking page. Before request training any particular instrument, please check if you are eligible to use the instrument . For the Open Access instruments, training will be provided every weekday for the first four weeks of the academic year, although you will still need to book a spot on one of the training session. After the first four weeks, training session will only be arranged upon enough request.

Ion Cyclotron Resonance

  • Fourier-transform ion cyclotron resonance (FTICR) mass spectrometry
  • analysis of complex mixtures, such as environmental and agricultural samples
  • study of macromolecules, particularly polymers.
  • Groups who work here include:

The ICR facility can be found on the ground floor of Millburn house. Find us on the interactive map

Mechanical Workshop

We have excellent mechanical workshop facilities located on the ground floor of the main Physics building. Find us on the campus map.

Workshop Hours
Mon-Thurs: 08:30 to 12:30 - 1:30 to 17:00
Friday: 08:30 to 12:30 - 1:30 to 16:00

Tel: 07824 540726 or 02476 523650

marcus.jpg Mr. Marcus Grant
Chief Mechanical Engineer
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Chief Mechanical Engineer


Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Spectroscopy

Office and Lab Hours
09:00 to 17:00


Dr. Ivan Prokes
NMR Facility Manager and Experimental Officer in NMR Spectroscopy
Room: A108
Telephone: 024 7615 1766
Mobile: 07920 531123
E-mail: I.Prokes(

Mr Robert Perry
NMR Spectroscopy Technician
Room: A112
Telephone: 024 7652 2183
E-mail: R.Perry.1(

Open Access Instruments (for all trained staff)
Instrument Location Capabilities
AV300, Bruker Avance 300 MHz A111B 1H, 13C, 19F 1-Dimensional and 2-Dimensional experiments (instrument is primarily used for undergraduate lab samples)
HD300, Bruker Avance III HD 300 MHz A110

1H, 13C, 19F, 31P 1-Dimensional and 2-Dimensional experiments

AV400, Bruker Avance III 400 MHz A110 1H, 13C, 19F, 31P 1-Dimensional, 2-Dimensional experiments, kinetics and variable temperature studies
HD400, Bruker Avance III HD 400 MHz A110 1H, 13C, 19F, 31P 1-Dimensional and 2-Dimensional experiments
High Field Instruments (operated by NMR Facility Staff only)
Instrument Location Capabilities
HD500 Bruker Avance III HD 500 MHz A109 Instrument is set up to run majority of 13C experiments
AV500 Bruker Avance 500 MHz

AV600 Bruker Avance III 600 MHz

AV700 Bruker Avance II 700 MHz
MAS 1.08

Instruments are able to run wide range of 1-Dimensional and 2-Dimensional experiments

(including variable temperature, non-standard experiments, unusual nuclei, NOE/GOESY type experiments, triple resonance experiments for proteins etc.)

Warwick Centre for Ultrafast Spectroscopy (WCUS)

The Warwick Centre for Ultrafast Spectroscopy is funded by the EPSRC and the University of Warwick, and designed and constructed in collaboration with Newport Spectra Physics. This facility acts as a focus for collaboration both within the university and without, with external users being able to book time on any of the experiments.