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Resources & facilities

Housed in a historic building located in the centre of the university campus, our department features newly renovated research laboratories containing a wide range of highly specialized, state-of-the-art instrumentation. The department also sits next to the Killam Memorial Library, the region’s largest academic library.

Research facilities

Faculty, students and research groups in the Department of Chemistry have access to use the following research centres:

  • Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, Research, Resource centre (NMR-3) now houses 300 MHz and 500 MHz solutions instruments, as well as 400 MHz and 700 MHz solids instruments, and represents a world class NMR facility. In addition there is access to a 700 MHz solutions instrument at the NRC lab on campus.
  • X-Ray Crystallography Centre (DALX): provides a comprehensive crystallographic service ranging from recrystallisation and crystal morphology studies through X-ray powder work and X-ray single-crystal structure analysis.
  • Mass Spectrometry Laboratory:  A range of mass spectrometry facilities are available (EI, ESI, APCI, CI and MALDI). High-resolution (accurate mass) EI and ESI services are available, as well as low-resolution facilities for other ionization modes.
  • The Institute for Research in Materials. IRM is comprised of nearly 80 faculty members in six faculties and 20 departments. Research topics range from nanomaterials to macroscopic structures and include both experimental and theoretical approaches.

Technical resources

The Department of Chemistry employs highly trained technical staff who operate, design, upgrade, and repair all laboratory equipment. We also run fully functional electronics, glassblowing and machine shops.