Hallett-Tapley Lab for Nanomaterial Photocatalysis

Research Facility

Hallett-Tapley Lab for Nanomaterial Photocatalysis
St. Francis Xavier University
Nova Scotia (NS)

We are currently investigating a variety of photocatalytically-induced organic transformations using nanoparticle-doped perovskite structures using both UV and visible light sources. We are primarily focused on using more economical means of excitation, with a large focus on the exploitation of LED photoreactors in our experimental procedures. We are actively examining the effect of a variety of experimental variables in these reactions, including substituents, nanoparticle dopants and perovskite structure. As of late, we have become increasing intrigued by the guest-host interactions of layered perovskite materials and the positive influence these materials may have on the overall photocatalytic efficiency.

  • Biomedical
  • Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Environmental and Earth Sciences
  • Biomedical
  • Chemical Industries
  • Clean Technology
  • Energy (Renewable and Fossil)
  • Environmental Technologies and Related Services
  • Life Sciences, Pharmaceuticals and Medical Equipment

Research Facility

Geniece Hallett-Tapley
Assistant Professor

Industry Liaison Officer

Andrew Kendall

Equipment 4 piece(s)

1260 Infinity

HPLC coupled QTOF MS (reverse phase) used for separation of chemical reactions and identification of unknowns


Reverse phase conditions only (Acetonitirle, isopropanol, methanol, water).

Equipped with a diode array detector capable of monitoring 8 wavelengths at once between 190 – 640 nm.

ESI+ and ESI- modes possible


Gas Chromatograph Mass Spectrometer
Agilent 7890B GC coupled with a 5977 MSD

Unknown determination

GC-MS with EI ionization mode. Multiple column types available. Autosampling capabilities for high throughput.

Volatile solvents only (dichloromethane and methanol preferred)


Luzchem LZC Photoreactor

Photochemical excitation

Irradiation sources: UVA, UVB, 530 nm LED and 440 nm LED


LED Reactor Quads
In House
LEDEngin LED source

Sample irradiation

Various LED photoreactor quads, each equipped with 4, high powered LEDs.  

Sample containment must be housed in a 10 cm x 10 cm vessel to accommodate reactor size.

Several LED wavelengths are available (365 nm, 420 nm, 455 nm, 530 nm, 645 nm)


Date submitted: Wed, Aug 15, 2018 3:30 PM
Date updated: Wed, Aug 15, 2018 3:35 PM

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