Self-serve use of Teaching Lab Instrumentation

Use of equipment in the analytical teaching lab is available to support your research interests. Normally, instruments are available outside of scheduled teaching hours and on a self-serve (after training) basis. Full-serve is generally not offered; consult instead local contract analytical laboratory companies. Or consider a collaborative project with us, in which a student will work with you on the project.

Determining whether instruments are fit for your needs is always the user's responsibility. We understand you're excited to get started on your determinations, but always advise you first do 'proof-of-concept' measurements.

Please discuss your analytical needs and sample profile with Dr. Stoodley. Rates vary depending on if you are in-department, within UBC, or external.

Agilent 725 ICP-OES

This instrument is our workhorse for elemental analysis. Inductively-coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry (also called atomic emission spectrometry, AES) is a fast method for determining the concentration of most elements, often in the ppm-ppb range. Examples of recent use include determining extent of metal binding to ligand, measurement of lithium in mineral brines, and characterizing rate of silver leaching from pharmaceutical 'patch' products.

Flame Atomic Absorption/Emission Spectrometer

AAS/AES are inexpensive methods for determining a single element at a time down to about the single digit ppm level. We have capability for air-acetylene or nitrous oxide-acetylene flames. Regrettably, we do not have a graphite furnace-based instrument.

Metrohm 883 Ion Chromatograph

Our ion chromatographs are set-up to determine anions with conductivity detection (incl eluent suppression). If you have your own cation column, the instrument can be easily re-configured for cation analysis.

Liquid Scintillation Counter

Our Perkin Elmer Tri-Carb 2910 scintillation counter determines the radioactivity of samples. Special safety considerations apply; please discuss your isotope(s) of interest with Dr. Stoodley.


Electrochemical methods are versatile. They can be used for redox synthesis, characterizing products, device characterization, plating, etc. We have Pine bi-potentiostats that can also operate in galvanostatic mode. For 'complex' electrochemical characterization like impedance spectroscopy, capacitance, etc. we can point you to other resources on campus.

Gas Chromatograph

We have a Varian GC with MS detector. The MS is an ion trap and could be used for MS/MS. Depending on the nature of your needs, we might recommend you consider use of a different GC-MS or GC-FID in the department.

UV/Vis Spectrometry

For broad applicability and versatility, UV/Vis measurements are hard to beat. We offer use of both the single-beam HP 8452A diode-array instrument, and the PE Lambda 25 double-beam instrument. Looking for fluorimetry? We can point you to other resources in the department.


We regrettably no longer have an ICP-MS. Have you considered whether ICP-OES (above) would be a suitable method for your sample?

Other equipment in the Department of Chemistry

Each of these exist outside the teaching lab, but at UBC Chemistry. If you're having trouble finding who to contact, get in touch and we'll point you in the right direction.

  • Fluorimeter (aka Fluorometer)
  • Stopped-flow spectrophotometer)
  • Infrared Spectrometer
  • Optical Rotatory Dispersion / Circular Dichroism / Polarimeter
  • Gel-permeation chromatograph
  • Liquid Chromatograph (HPLC and/or uHPLC; UV/Diode array/MS detection)
  • Gel-permeation chromatograph
  • Gas chromatograph (FID detection)
  • Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) / Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC)
  • Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR)
  • Mass Spectrometery
  • X-ray crystallography