The tools of SMC

SMC is a fully equipped synthetic chemistry lab, with Schlenk lines in each fume hood, many rotary evaporators, solvent drying stills, a pH meter, ultrasonication baths, and more! Furthermore, we have access to excellent shared user facilities here at Ångström Laboratory.

For some instruments booking is done via our Google Calendar system (ask a current member for access).

Our Instruments

400 MHz NMR Spectrometer

Our 400 MHz JEOL solution NMR spectrometer is equipped with a sample autochanger (especially useful for long evening or weekend measurements!). This multinuclear 2-channel system can operate in a temperature range from -90 to +120 °C and can probe most nuclei, including 7B, 13C, 19F, 1H, 31P, 14N, etc.

Contact: Andreas Orthaber (email) and Anna Arkhypchuk (email)

BET Surface Area Instrument

Our Micrometrics BET instrument can be used to measure the surface area and pore size distribution of porous materials, such as metal organic frameworks.

Instrument manual

Contact: Ashleigh Castner (email)


SMC operates an Agilent 5977B GC/MSD instrument.

Contacts: Anup Rana (email) and Leandro Cid Gomes (email).


Our LC-MS allows us to quickly assess reaction outcomes and purities.

Contacts: Salauat Kiraev (email) and Dániel Kócsi (email)


SMC operates four Metrohm potentiostats, including three Autolab Compacts and one PGSTAT100 Autolab. These are used for cyclic voltammetry, chronoamperometry, bulk electrolysis, spectroelectrochemistry, impedance spectroscopy, and other methods.

Contact: Nina Suremann (email)

Our Equipment

Biotage FlashMaster Chromatography System

For running silica or alumina gel columns we have an automated flash column chromatography setup. A UV-vis detector makes it convenient to monitor new species eluting from the column. We purchase pre-packed columns of various sizes. As of the summer of 2020, the single-user record for one day of work is nine column separations using this equipment! Additionally, this setup consumes much less solvent than traditional column chromatography.

Contact: Dániel Kócsi (email)


Our Corning Compact centrifuge is equipped with a combi-rotor capable of spinning combinations of 5, 15, and 50 mL centrifuge tubes up to 6,000 rpm. We also have a Labnet Spectrafuge 16M microcentrifuge for spinning 2 mL Eppendorf centrifuge tubes up to 14,000 rpm.

Contact: Wanja Gschwind (email)


Our MBraun Labstar argon-filled glovebox is equipped with gas feedthroughs, an electrochemistry cable feedthrough, and tools for standard inert-atmosphere synthetic chemistry.

Contact: Holly Redman (email) and Brian McCarthy (email)

Microwave Reactor

Our Biotage microwave reactor allows us to perform synthetic chemistry reactions at greatly enhanced temperatures and rates.

Contact: Nina Suremann (email)

Solvothermal Synthesis Ovens

We have three temperature-controlled ovens dedicated to solvothermal synthesis, e.g., for preparing metal organic frameworks.

Contact: Ashleigh Castner (email) and Brian McCarthy (email)

Shared Resources

Clean room (SEM, XPS, ALD…)

We are in the same building as the Ångström Microstructure Laboratory, a state-of-the-art clean room user facility. This facility maintains numerous instruments and equipment which are available for user training. A full list of their resources is available here. Interested users should obtain permission from their research supervisor(s) and then apply for clean room access.

Electron paramagnetic resonance

The EPR user platform offers experimental and data analysis services for research investigation where electron spin properties in the system are probed. Both internal and external users are welcome. Visit their homepage.

General features: Bruker EPR spectrometers (ELEXSYS/EMX) operate at X-band (10 GHz) or Q-band (32 GHz) microwave region. Options of combining various cavities (standard, optical or dual mode) with temperature and/or in situ light excitation provide data collection for different purposes of investigation.

Contact: Ping Huang (email)


The physical chemistry division operates a Bruker Vertex 70v FTIR with an optional ATR accessory. Data can be collected under N2 atmosphere. User training is available.

Contact: Reiner Lomoth (email) and Michael Cheah (email)

Single crystal diffractometer

Using our Bruker D8 3-circle diffractometer, we can perform X-ray structure analyses of crystalline materials, especially small molecule single crystals. The diffractometer is equipped with a MoKa microsource allowing us to analyse organic, organometallic, and inorganic crystalline materials. Spring 2021: this instrument is currently broken.

Contact: Andreas Orthaber (email)

Solar Simulator

An Enli Tech Solar Simulator with a Xe light source and an AM 1.5G spectral correction filter is available for photoelectrochemical experiments. The light intensity can be varied from 0.1 to 1 sun intensity.

Contact: Michael Cheah (email)

SQUID magnetometer

Our colleagues in Ångström operate a Quantum Desige SQUID magnetometer with a temperature range of 2-300K.

Contact: Ping Huang (email)

UV-vis methods

We collaborate extensively with Ångström’s physical chemistry program who operate transient absorption instruments, fluorimeters, and UV-vis spectrometers. Please visit their homepage for more information.

X-ray instrumentation

Our colleagues in the inorganic chemistry program possess an X-ray fluorescence instrument and numerous instruments for both powder and thin-film X-ray diffraction analyses. Please visit their homepage for instructions regarding user training.

Last modified: 2022-10-17