Department of Chemistry at CBU

Research Facility

Department of Chemistry at CBU
Cape Breton University
Nova Scotia (NS)

The Department of Chemistry currently has faculty conducting research in the area of biochemistry, nanochemistry, computational, inorganic, nutrition including type 2 diabetes, organic, petroleum and physical chemistry. Research is done using modern research equipment.

Research employs student researchers and post doctorate fellows. Faculty members of the department are involved in academic and industrial collaborations at the national and international levels.
Cape Breton University’s Department of Chemistry currently has eight tenured faculty and five lab instructors. Full list of department members and contact information can be found on this webpage.
The Chemistry department is well equipped for research support in all traditional branches of chemistry, including a 400 MHz NMR spectrometer, FT-IR, FT-Raman, UV/Vis spectrometers, UPLC-MSMS/PAD, HPLC, GC-FID, GC-MS, atomic absorption spectrometer, and a 28 core Linux cluster.
  • Biological and Life Sciences
  • Biomedical
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  • Computer Science and Software Engineering
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  • Engineering - Chemical, Nuclear, Other
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  • Engineering - Industrial, Mechanical, Electrical
  • Environmental and Earth Sciences
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  • Ocean Industries
  • Professional and Technical Services (including Legal Services, Architecture, Engineering)

Research Facility

Zuzana Istvankova
Major Research Project Officer
Judy MacInnis
Senior Laboratory Instructor, Chemistry

Matthias Bierenstiel
9025631391 Ext: 1979
Associate Professor, Inorganic Chemistry / Dept. Chair

Stephanie MacQuarrie
Associate Professor, Organic Chemistry

Industry Liaison Officer

Sarah Conrod
Industry Liaison Officer

Equipment 13 piece(s)

Ultraperformance Liquid Chromatography doubly focussed Mass Spectrometer and Photodiode Array Detector (UPLC-MSMS/PAD)
Xevo G2

Quantify and confirm the broadest range of compounds in the most complex and challenging samples.

Waters Xevo G2 quaternary time-of-flight (QToF) mass spectrometer, elemental composition analysis capacity, MS, MSMS capabilities, electrospray and chemical ionization modes (positive and negative), m/z range 50 to 1,200, Acquity H Class UPLC, quanternary solvent manager, acquity le PDA range 200 to 800 nm, temperature controlled autosampler (96 vials, 2 mL), temperature controlled LC column, ASAP probe, direct injection of solid material to MS.

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectrometer
Avance II, 400 MHz

Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy is used to study the structure of molecules, the interaction of various molecules, the kinetics or dynamics of molecules and the composition of mixtures of biological or synthetic solutions or composites.

Bruker Avance II 400 MHz NMR Spectrometer, liquid phase, broadband observation (BBO) probe, 2D NMR capabilities, variable temperature (VT-NMR) range -100°C to + 200°C, automated tuning and shimming probe

Gas Chromatograph with Flame Ionization Detector
GC 450

Flame Ionization Detector or GC-FID is a very common analytical technique that is widely used in the petrochemical, pharmaceutical and natural gas markets.

Varian GC 450, GC-FID, 2 columns, He carrier gas, autosampler equipped for 2 mL, 5 mL and 10 mL vials.

Gas Chromatograph with Mass Spectrometer and other detectors
GC 5890N

Mass spectrometry is an exceedingly sensitive and specific analytical technique that can precisely determine the identities and quantities of compounds within your sample.

Agilent 5890N GC, 5972 inert mass selective detector (MS), flame ionization detector (FID), ECD, 7673 autosampler for 100 2 mL vial samples

FTIR Spectrometer
Nicolet 6700 and Impact 410

FTIR spectrometer is used to obtain an infrared spectrum of absorption or emission of a solid, liquid or gas. An FTIR spectrometer simultaneously collects high spectral resolution data over a wide spectral range.

Thermoelectron Nicolet 6700 and Impact 410

Liquid and solid samples, max. resolution 0.125 cm‑1, spectral Range 10,000 – 10 cm‑1
Sampling Techniques: Transmission and ATR, variable temperature 25 – 100 °C

FT-Raman Spectrometer
NXR 9650

Raman spectroscopy is a spectroscopic technique used to observe vibrational, rotational, and other low-frequency modes in a system. Raman spectroscopy is commonly used in chemistry to provide a fingerprint by which molecules can be identified.

Liquid and solid samples, max. resolution 1 cm‑1, spectral sange 3400 – 100 cm‑1

Sampling Techniques: 90° & 180°
Variable temperature 25 – 100 °C

Ultraviolet-visible Light Spectrometer
Cary 100 BIO

UV/Vis spectroscopy is routinely used in analytical chemistry for the quantitative determination of different analytes, such as transition metal ions, highly conjugated organic compounds, and biological macro-molecules. Spectroscopic analysis is commonly carried out in solutions but solids and gases may also be studied.

UV-visible Spectrophotometer, range 200 – 800 nm, glass and quartz cuvettes

Atomic Absorption Spectrometer
M Series AA spectrometer

Atomic-absorption (AA) spectroscopy uses the absorption of light to measure the concentration of gas-phase atoms. Since samples are usually liquids or solids, the analyte atoms or ions must be vaporized in a flame or graphite furnace.

Thermofisher M Series AA spectrometer, flame mode and GF95 Zeeman furnance, selection of metal lamps

Inert-gas Glovebox System

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

Double-sized glovebox, N2 atmosphere, O2 and H2O level less than 0.1 ppm, freezer up to -35°C, small and large ante-chamber, hock-up for 4 solvent taps

Parr High-Pressure Chemical Reactor

The high-pressure chemical reactors is designed for researchers who are interested in investigating the feasibility of pressurized chemical reactions or processing problems in their laboratories.

50 mL reactor volume, pressure up to 300 bar, temperatures up to 350°C, sample valve, electronic controls, mechanical stirrer

Gamry G750 Potentiostat

A potentiostat controls the voltage difference between a Working Electrode and a Reference Electrode. Both electrodes are contained in an electrochemical cell. This equipment is fundamental to modern electrochemical studies using three electrode systems for investigations of reaction mechanisms related to redox chemistry and other chemical phenomena.

Jacketed and unjacketed electrochemical cell (25 mL) for cyclic voltammetry, potentiometry galvanometry, ZRA (zero resistance ammeter), 750 mA current and 1 μV resolution

Accelerated Surface Area and Porosimetry System

Uses the gas sorption technique to generate high-quality data for applications that require high performance/high sample throughput.

2 probes, analysis of porosity of materials

Cryo-Transmission electron microscope (TEM)

The HT7700 at CBU features a Dual Mode objective lens that provides both high contrast and high resolution as well as low-magnification modes for optimized imaging of life science and materials science applications.

Hitachi 3D Tomography, BF/DF capability, and in situ heating, cooling, x-ray analysis, rotation, liquid cell, and air protection analyses.

The HT7700 with Dual-Mode objective lens features superior high-contrast and high-resolution performance together with analytical capabilities for biological and materials science. Digital design and sophisticated automation increase throughput for both novice and advanced users. Maximize contrast by lowering the high voltage through the 120-40kV range and continue operation seamlessly. The HT7700 is able to meet all of your advanced sample analysis needs, with customization options for BF-/DF-TEM, in-situ, cryo-microscopy, and electron tomography.

  • 7700 Hitachi, 1.4 A resolution, Cryo-attachment​
  • Resolution (lattice): 0.204 nm (100 kV), [0.144 nm (120 kV) for EXALENS: Optional]
  • Magnification Zoom ×200 - ×200,000 (HC mode) ×4,000 - ×600,000 (HR mode) (Non-rotating zoom system [×200 - ×300,000 (HC mode)×2,000 - ×800,000 (HR mode) for EXALENS: Optional]
  • Low Mag ×50 - ×1,000
  • Accelerating voltage, 40 - 120 kV (100 V/step variable)
  • Field rotation ×1,000 - ×40,000 (HC Mode) ±90° 15° step
  • Specimen stage, Eucentric goniometer stage
  • Stage lraverse, X, Y: ±1 mm, Z: ±0.3 mm
  • Maximum tilt, ±30°: Standard, ±70°: Optional
    [±30°, for EXALENS: Optional]
  • Main camera 8 M pixel (vertical to horizontal ratio = 3:4)
  • Other cameras are also available.
  • Standard features
    • Auto focus
    • Microtrace
    • Autodrive
    • Autophoto
    • features Auto-gun alignment
    • Live FFT display
    • Measurement function (manual/automatic distance measurement)
    • Low dose
    • API (auto pre-irradiation)
    • Scope unit with mild baking function

Date submitted: Wed, Oct 4, 2017 1:36 PM
Date updated: Tue, Oct 24, 2017 2:15 PM

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