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Research facilities

Research and teaching are supported by a world-class suite of instruments and other facilities including:

Modern chemistry and physics laboratories with top instrumentation 

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    New laboratories provide a pleasant and safe working environment.
  • PC2-certified Laboratory for molecular biology, protein expression and purification.
  • Laser Laboratory with optical tweezers, light scattering, and Raman spectrometer 
  • Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Laboratory that is well equipped with 
    • 700 MHz spectrometer with a cryogenically-cooled probe; 60-place sample changer and autotune and match module for high throughput
    • 500 MHz spectrometer
    • 400 MHz spectrometer
    • 200 MHz horizontal widebore spectrometer, with high resolution imaging capabilities
  • X-ray Diffraction Laboratory that is equipped with
    • Rigaku Spider X-ray diffractometer Microfocus rotating-anode generator with wrap-around detector (unique in Australasia), optimised for small molecule crystallography on microcrystals, powder diffraction and high resolution protein crystallography (new in 2008)
    • Crystallisation robot (new in 2008)
    • Microfocus rotating-anode generator (one of 3 in NZ), image-plate detector and capillary optics, optimised for small protein crystals





  • Spectrometers The range includes:
    • Applied Photophysics Chirascan CD spectrometer (new in 2008)
    • ThermoElectron Nicolet high-resolution FT-MIR/FT-FarIR
    • UV-Vis spectrometers
    • Raman spectrometers
    • Electron Spin Resonance (ESR) spectrometer
    • Fluorimeter
    • Polarimeter
  • DNA synthesizer (new in 2008)
  • HPLCs, GPCs, and GCs including capillary GC
  • Microwave reactor
  • Capillary electrophoresis instrument
  • Solar cell construction and performance testing facilities
  • Access to Manawatu Microscopy & Imaging Centre (Palmerston North) that has confocal microscopy, fluorescence microscopy, SEM, and TEM
  • Access to the New Zealand Synchrotron Group and Australian Synchrotron in Melbourne

Computing/Electronic Resources

  • Powerful computer facilities for theoretical chemistry and physics
  • Dedicated post-graduate computer cluster for computational statistics
  • Online access to all major journals and databases (Scifinder, CCDC)