Verschuren Centre Laboratory

Research Facility

Verschuren Centre Laboratory
Cape Breton University
Nova Scotia (NS)

The Verschuren Centre for Sustainability in Energy and the Environment at Cape Breton University is a service provider for commercially focused Clean Tech Solutions. Furthermore, it is a hub for collaborative research, development and demonstration. The Centre was established in 2009 to find innovative and sustainable solutions to energy and environmental issues and is uniquely positioned to address these challenges. Located on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, home to world-class natural resources and Canada’s most progressive climate change laws, the Centre is positioned to not only undertake directly relevant research, but to lead its application and governance. Verschuren Centre faculty, staff and students draw inspiration from a collaborative approach to research, a diversely international campus population, the Island’s remarkable ecosystems, and the Centre’s design: one of the most sustainable university laboratories in Canada.

  • Biological and Life Sciences
  • Biomedical
  • Biotechnology
  • Business
  • Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Computer Science and Software Engineering
  • Engineering - Agricultural, Forest, Environmental, Mining, Mineral
  • Engineering - Chemical, Nuclear, Other
  • Engineering - Civil, Structural
  • Engineering - Industrial, Mechanical, Electrical
  • Environmental and Earth Sciences
  • Geomatics and Geodesy
  • Marine/Ocean Sciences
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Biomedical
  • Biotechnology
  • Agriculture, Animal Science and Food
  • Automotive
  • Chemical Industries
  • Clean Technology
  • Construction (including Building, Civil Engineering, Specialty Trades)
  • Consumer Durables
  • Consumer Non-Durables
  • Education
  • Energy (Renewable and Fossil)
  • Environmental Technologies and Related Services
  • Fisheries and Aquaculture
  • Forestry and Forest-Based Industries
  • Health Care and Social Services
  • Life Sciences, Pharmaceuticals and Medical Equipment
  • Manufacturing and Processing
  • Mining, Minerals and Metals
  • Ocean Industries

Research Facility

Zuzana Istvankova
Major Research Project Officer
Xu (Shine) Zhang
Research Chair in Applied Nanotechnology

Stephen Kelloway
Laboratory Manager & Bio-products Scientist

Karla Boyd
Laboratory Technician

Edward Cross
Research Scientist

Industry Liaison Officer

Sarah Conrod
Industry Liaison Officer

Equipment 27 piece(s)

Ultrasonic Processor DRC-8-DPP
Advanced Sonics

This dual frequency ultrasonic processor is useful for homogenizing, performing emulsions or for influencing chemical reactions in a uniform manner.

Peak-to-peak amplitude of each of the 2000 W diaphragm plates is about 40 microns. There are two diaphragm plate ports and two ports on a 1L reaction cell.

X-ray Powder Diffractometer
D8 Advance XRD

Useful in crystal growth studies – composition of rocks, minerals and experimental studies.

Advance XRD with 9-position autosampler. Samples should be powdered and homogenised. The position and intensity of peaks in a diffraction pattern are determined by the crystal structure. The position of the diffraction peaks are determined by the distance between parallel planes of atoms.

Microwave digestion system

Performs the digestion for all major sample types including environmental and regulatory, foods, plant and animal tissues, inorganic chemicals, oils and plastics, organic compounds, semiconductors, pharmaceuticals, and more.

UV-VIS Spectrometer
DR 5000

Maximum analysis flexibility with high speed wavelength scanning across the UV and visible spectrum-Easily Add New Analytical Methods. Stability and Accuracy- Multiple Cell Sizes and Delivery Methods- Large Touch Screen Display and Interface. Useful in Proximate Analysis – protein, sugar and nutrients analysis.

Planetary Mixer
KK250S Mazerustar

Mixing of two or more compounds and homogenizing of the mixer.

Box Furnace
Blue M

For experimental work in gas dynamic studies.

1100 degree Celsius

Tube Furnace
Blue M

For experimental work in gas dynamic studies.

1100 degree Celsius

Battery cycler
4000 Series

Lithium batteries can be made and tested.

Particle size analyzer with wet dispersion cell

Size ranges for powdered samples in different solvent systems can be measured.

LabStar Glovebox System

Ready to use glove box workstations that can be equipped with a comprehensive set of optional features.

Stainless steel design with polycarbonate window. Large antechamber with sliding tray-MB-10-G compact inert gas purification system-Micro-controller with operation panel. Stainless steel piping-Vacuum pump-High efficiency box filters HEPA H13- Analogue box pressure sensor- Adjustable shelving- Castors for easy mobility-Leveling feet. Light hood with anti-reflection film.

800 Dosino

Determination of acid and base capacity for ground water or other aqueous media. Useful in determining pH during experimental conditions. Fully automated.

Helium pycnometer
Accupyc II 1340

Pore volume of powdered samples – Density of sample determinations using helium gas.

Inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer
NexION 300D with S10 Auotsampler

Multi-elements analysis (17 elements at a time) from range of sample matrices (water, soil, plant and animal tissues). Detection limits (ppb (mg/L) levels for most of the elements). Mainly used in Drinking water analysis for trace and heavy metals, mine water analysis, and environmental remediation studies- bio-sorption of metals in the environment.

PerkinElmer ICP-MS NexION 300D with S10 Autosampler (157 position) for multi-elements analysis (17 elements at a time.)

Sonication bath system

For sonication of materials and cleaning of vessels.

Centrifuge with TX750 rotor
Thermo ScientificHeraeus
Megafuge 40

Useful for settling particles and sediment from liquid samples. Rotor runs at 4600rpm.

Fluorescence Spectrophotometer
Cary Eclipse

Measurement of fluorescence from biological samples – bacteria and algal samples.

Total Organic Carbon analyser
Multi N/C UV HS

Dissolved Organic Carbon. Measurement of DOC/TOC.

Digifiltration system

Useful for ICP-MS sample preparation after microwave digestion. Operated at 60 psi pump. Very quick and clean sample preparation.

Digifiltration system with 12 samples manifold. Pre-packed 0.45 micron filters are available.

Versa pH/EC probe with temperature control

Conductivity and pH measurements for iron solubility studies in mine water and remediation studies.

ElectroShock equipment
Backpack model

For catching fish for experimental studies with fish and environmental impacts.

Microplate Reader
Infinite M1000 PRO

AlphaScreen and AlphaLISA technology Fluorescence intensity (FI) top reading, including TRF and TR-HTRF.

Top class microplate reader with premium Quad4 Monochromator. Fluorescence intensity bottom reading, excitation, emission, absorbance and 3D scans. Flexible wavelength selection from UV to NIR. Adjustable bandwidth settings. Fast fluorescence polarization. Luminescence, attenuation capability of high light levels, luminescence scan, luminescence color-filters, z-Focusing in all top reading modes. NanoQuant plate compatibility.

Dynamic Light Scattering Nanosizer with Zeta potential
Horiba nano patrica

Particle size, zeta potential, molecular weight, and second virial coefficient all in one instrument.

Wide range of particle sizes and concentrations. Particles size measurements at both 90° and 173°. Multiple particle size measurement modes for working with small particles and weak scatterers. Small volume cells for both particle size and zeta potential. Optional pH controller for automatic titration of zeta potential vs. pH.

Ball mill
Across International

A ball mill is a grinding device that is used to turn material into fine powder. Ball mills are cylindrical in shape, and are often the grinder of choice when it comes to mashing paints, ores, ceramic materials, and certain hard chemicals.

High speed ball mill with zirconium and stainless steel balls - 50 ml vessel capacity.

5430 R

Refrigerated, smallest microcentrifuge with plate rotor (5430 R version).

Choice of 8 different rotors, e.g. MTP rotor, Falcon rotor for max. versatility. 30 place centrifuge for 1,5 / 2,0 ml micro test tubes. Unique 30,130 x g. Stores up to 50 routine programs. Cooling features of. Centrifuge 5430 R Temp. range: -­‐11°C ­‐ +40 °C + 4°C at max. speed with all rotors.

Gel Permeation Chromatograph
Agilent Technologies
1260 Infinity II Multi-Detector GPC/SEC System

Accurate, efficient, and detailed polymer characterization
With the 1260 Infinity II Multi-Detector GPC/SEC System you can select from any combination of detection by refractive index, light scattering, and viscometry. The system delivers accurate, absolute molecular weights and sizes, and can be used to analyze a wide range of polymers, regardless of molecular weight range or solvent. Each detector has independent temperature control to ensure that high levels of precision and reproducibility can easily be achieved from one day to the next.

Agilent 1260 MDS Dual Angle LSD Detector

Agilent 1260 MDS Refractive Index Detector
Cell volume: 6 μL
Pressure rating: 350 kPa (50 psi)
Wavelength: 660 nm
Temperature range: 30 - 60 °C
Temperature stability: ± 0.2 °C

Agilent 1260 MDS Viscometer
Shear rate (typical): 3000 s-1
Sensitivity ηsp: 1 x 10-5 Pa. s
Temperature range: 30 - 60 °C
Temperature stability: ± 0.2 °C

Agilent 1260 MDS Light Scattering Detector
Sample cell volume: 10 μL
Light scattering volume: 0.01 μL
Laser wavelength/power: 660 nm/50 mW
Rayleigh scattering angles: 15 ° and 90 °
Temperature range: 30 - 60 °C
Temperature stability: ± 0.2 °C


Electron Pair Resonance Spectrometer

Bruker unit to measure electron spins and magnetism.

EPR is the only method for the direct detection of paramagnetic species. Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy applications span across a wide range of areas from quality control to molecular research in fields such as material research, structural biology and quantum physics. EPR experiments have provided invaluable information pertaining to metalloprotein structures and to the structures and processes in photosynthesis.


Micro Electron Spin Resonance spectrometer for radical species

The microESR is a small, portable research grade instrument. The spectrometer has a mass of only 10 kg and a 30.5 x 30.5 x 30.5 cm3 foot print. It can easily fit in a fume hood or glove box, or be transported to the field. It requires no special installation or regular maintenance.

The microESR is also an ideal teaching tool for undergraduate chemistry labs. This instrument enables classroom demonstrations of both simple topics such as free radicals in everyday life to far less intuitive subjects including electron density, spin-orbit coupling, spin-spin exchange, and forbidden transitions. The Education Package is a very good investment for Chemistry Departments as there are a wide range of labs and subjects that can be addressed with the microESR.

  • Operating Frequency: X-Band​
  • Continuous Wave
  • Field Sweep Range: 500 G centered at g=2
  • Spectrum simulation and fitting
  • Easily run samples at liquid nitrogen temperature

Date submitted: Thu, Aug 10, 2017 4:25 PM
Date updated: Thu, Aug 10, 2017 4:25 PM

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