Facilities Database

Name Services Contact Categories Equipment
Bath Chemical characterisation and analysis facility
  • Multi-technique approach
  • Chemical characterisation
  • Air-sensitive mass spectrometry
  • DReaM facility for reaction monitoring
Anneke Lubben


Mass spectrometry, NMR, XRD, material analysis, LC-MS, flowNMR, reaction monitoring, chemical analysis Bruker MicrOTOF electrospray time-of-flight mass spectrometer (ESI-TOF) coupled to an Agilent High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) unit
Bruker MicrOTOF quadrupole time-of-flight (ESI-QTOF) coupled to a syringe driver within a glove box for air- and moisture-sensitive samples
Bruker MaXis HD ESI-QTOF mass spectrometer for high mass accuracy coupled to a Thermo Scientific Dionex Ultra High Performance Liquid Chromatography (UPLC) unit
Bruker AutoFlex Matrix-Assisted Laser Desorption Ionisation (MALDI) mass spectrometer
Agilent NanoLC coupled to an Agilent ESI-QTOF mass spectrometer
250 MHz Bruker Avance NMR
300 MHz Bruker Avance NMR
500 MHz Agilent ProPulse NMR
2x 400 MHz Bruker Avance NMR
3x 500 MHz Bruker Avance II+ NMR (one with cryoprobe and flow probe)
Rigaku SuperNova Dual (Mo and Cu radiation) XRD
Rigaku Xcalibur (Mo radiation) XRD
Bruker D8-Advance (Cu radiation) PXRD
Setaram Setsys Evolution TGA-DTA-DSC with Pfeiffer GSD 320 mass spectrometer
Setaram microSC Microcalorimeter
Mettler Toledo DMA1 Dynamic Mechanical Analyser
Micromeritics 3Flex Surface & Porosity Analyser
Agilent GPC/SEC MDS Size Exclusion Chromatography
Bath Microscopy and analysis suite
  • Full image analysis
  • Light, scanning probe and electron microscopy
  • Full service package
Ursula Potter


SEM, TEM, microscopy, flow cytometry, raman, AFM, chemical analysis, biosciences GE Healthcare IN Cell Analyzer 2000
Becton Dickinson flow cytometer FACSCanto
Becton Dickinson flow cytometer FACSARIA III
Zeiss LSM880 with Airyscan and Multiphoton laser
Zeiss LSM510 META
Renishaw inVia Raman system
High sensitivity Oxford INCA X-Act SDD x-ray detector for EDX analysis
Perkin Elmer Frontier FTIR
Digital Instruments Nanoscope IIIA
JEOL TEM-2100Plus
Bath Nanofabrication facility
  • Access to the facility to carry out own processing
  • Safety and equipment training and support is provided
  • Technical support for some sample fabrication
Stephen Wedge


Nanofabrication, silicon fab, EBL, deposition, etching MJB 3 Karl Süss Mask Aligner
Heidelberg Instruments μPG 101 Direct Laser Writer
2 Spin coaters PWM 32 Headway
Field Emission Hitachi SEM with Raith ElphyPlus pattern generator and laser interferometer stage for Electron Beam Lithography (EBL)
EVG 620 Nano Imprint Lithography (NIL) system with SmartNIL(TM)
PhableR 100M Displacement Talbot Lithography
Oxford Plasma LAB 80 Plus for RIE and ICP etching
Oxford Plasma Pro System 100 Cobra ICP etcher
Edwards FL-400 electron beam evaporator
Edwards AUTO 306 thermal evaporator
Plasma Therm 790 series PECVD
Dektak 6M mechanical contact profilometer
Three optical microscopes
HHV Auto 500 Sputter Coater
Bristol Genomics Facility
  • Next generation sequencing
  • Microarray expression analysis
  • High throughput Genotyping
  • Real-time quantitative PCR
  • Capillary sequencing and genotyping
  • DNA and RNA analysis and quality assessment
  • Bioinformatic support
Jane Coghill or Christy Waterfall


DNA analysis, RNA analysis Affymetrix®microarrays, Agilent 2100 Bioanalyser, Illumina sequencing, Life Technologies Ion ProtonTM, Life Technologies PGMTM, ABI 3500, Roche LightCycler®
Bristol Chemical Imaging Facility
  • Fully-supported TEM
  • Range of sample holders and detectors for materials analysis
  • Fully-supported AFM installed in Cat 2 lab
  • Experiment design, sample preparation, image/spectra acquisition, data analysis
Sean Davis


Imaging, analysis, microscopy, AFM, SEM, TEM JEOL 200 Kv Field Emission Gun TEM (2100F)
Oxford Instruments Energy Dispersive X-ray analysis system (80mm2 SSD; Aztec) and Gatan Imaging Filter (GIF Quantum ER post-column energy filter)
JEOL 120 Kv 1400 TEM
JEOL 120 Kv 1200 Mk2 TEM
Oxford Instruments Energy Dispersive X-ray analysis system (50mm2 SSD; Aztec)
JEOL Field Emission Gun SEM 6330
Gatan Mono CL4 Cathodoluminescence detector
Bruker Multimode 8 with PeakForce QNM and FastScan
Bruker Multimode 3 with Quadrexed Nanoscope 3D controller
Bristol Chemical Mass Spectrometry Facility
  • LC-MSn
  • Nano-LC-MS
  • IMS-MS
  • Accurate mass, EI, CI, ESI, nanospray and MALDI MS
Paul Gates


Mass spectrometry, material analysis, MALDI-ToF, electrosopray, ion mobility, accurate-mass  

Thermo Scientific Orbitrap Elite High resolution (MSn) mass spectrometer with UPLC/HPLC.

Waters Synapt G2S IMS-TOF mass spectrometer with Nanomate source.

Bruker Daltonics UltrafleXtreme 2 High resolution MALDI-TOF/TOF mass spectrometer.

Bruker Daltonics micrOTOF Focus II High resolution TOF mass spectrometer.

Applied Biosystems 4700 Proteomics MALDI-TOF/TOF mass spectrometer.

Bruker Daltonics Esquire 6000 Ion-trap mass spectrometer with HPLC.

VG Autospec 3 sector (double focussing) mass spectrometer

Bristol Chemical NMR Facility
  • Solution state Nuclear Magnetic Resonance spectrometry of small molecules
  • Multinuclear and diffusion NMR
  • Molecular structure and mixture analysis
Craig Butts


NMR, spectrometry, spectroscopy, 1H, 13C, chemical analysis, metabolomics, binding studies, diffusion, reaction monitoring  

Bruker 700 MHz spectrometer with 1.7 mm cryoprobe

Bruker Avance 400

Bruker Avance 300

Bruker 500 MR NMR Spectromer  with 13C cryoprobe

JEOL Eclipse 300 NMR Spectrometer

JEOL ECS 400 NMR Spectrometer

JEOL ECS 300 NMR Spectrometer

Varian 400 MR NMR Spectrometer

Varian 500 VNMRS NMR Spectrometer

Varian INOVA 600 MHz NMR Spectrometer

Varian VNMRS 600 spectrometer with cryoprobe 

Bristol Clinical Research and Imaging Centre (CRICBristol)
  • Siemens 3 Tesla MRI scanner and sleep laboratories
  • Studies in healthy volunteers and clinical populations
  • Full technical and training support
cric-contact@bristol.ac.uk Imaging, clinical research, MRI, ultrasound, cardiac imaging, sleep research 3T MRI scanner, sleep study rooms, clinical examination rooms, wet lab, aplio 500 ultrasound scanner
Bristol Electron Microbeam Laboratories
  • Quantitative X-ray microanalysis
  • X-ray mapping
  • Scanning electron microscopy and CL imaging
Stuart Kearns


SEM, EPMA, Chemical analysis, x-ray tomography


Hitachi S-3500N variable pressure SEM equipped with Thermo Noran energy dispersive spectrometer (EDS x-ray detector)
JEOL JXA8530F Hyperprobe Electron Probe Microanalyser (EPMA)
Cameca SX100 microprobe
Nikon XT H 225ST CT Scanner
Bristol Histology Services
  • Complete histological service
  • Fresh, fixed & frozen sectioning and staining
  • Wax processing
  • Immunocytochemistry & immunofluorencent staining
  • Image capture
  • Consultancy
Debbie Martin


Clinical studies, histology, histochemistry, thin section, staining, dissection Dedicated facility.
Cryostat x4.
Sliding microtome with peltier cooling x1.
Rotary microtomes x4.
Thermo Excelsior processor.
Medite TP15 processor.
Medite embedding centre.
Slide printer.
Cassette printer.
Leica DM750 microscope with integral digital camera.
Motik SMZ-168 dissecting microscope with integral digital camera with bespoke thermal stage for orientation of wax embedded tissue.
Vast range of stains.
10L Liquid nitrogen dewar.
Virtual Microscope.
Shandon knife sharpener.
Interface Analysis Centre (IAC)
  • Materials analysis
  • Facilities for the handling and analysis of radioactive specimens
Keith Hallam


Materials analysis, spectroscopy, Imaging, microscopy, AFM, SEM, TEM, FIB, XPS Quantachrome Nova 1200, Combined Focussed Ion Beam and Electron Microscopy, FEI Helios NanoLab 600 with three-axis micromanipulator, Oxford Instruments X-Max50 EDX and force measurement system
Focussed Ion Beam, FEI FIB201 with ex-situ TEM lift-out workstation, High-Speed Atomic Force Microscopy, University of Bristol custom-built, world’s fastest, areas 100s of µm in size, resolution down to 2nm
Optical Microscopy and Image Analysis, Leica GZ6 stereo zoom optical microscope, Nikon Metaphot compound optical microscope, Olympus BH2 compound optical microscope with colour CCD camera and computer for image acquisition
Olympus BX60 compound optical microscope with CCD camera and computer for image acquisition, Olympus SZ11 stereo zoom optical microscope with colour CCD camera and computer for image acquisition
Raman Spectroscopy, Renishaw System 2000 microRaman imaging spectrometer, 632.8nm red/514nm green lasers, with integral Leica compound optical microscope
Scanning Electron Microscopy, Zeiss MA10 LaB6 SEM with PGT EDX, backscattered electron detector, large sample chamber, motorised stage, RT-800C hot stage and TSL EBSD system
Zeiss Sigma VP FEG-SEM with Edax coincident EDX/EBSD, backscattered electron detector, large sample chamber, motorised stage and Omicron argon ion gun
Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry, IAC magnetic sector SIMS/ion milling instrument, Thermogravimetric Analysis/Differential Scanning Calorimetry, Mettler Toledo TGA/DSC1
X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy, Kratos Axis HS XPS with argon ion gun, monochromated x-ray source, dual anode x-ray source,
X-Ray Tomography, associated sample preparation facilities, including cutting, grinding, polishing and coating
Bristol MRC Integrative Epidemiology Unit Metabolomics NMR Facility
  • Quantitative, low volume metabolic measurement of human serum/EDTA-plasma
  • Metabolite profiling
Matt Goodwin


NMR, metabolomics, clinical research Janus liquid handling robot
Bruker 500MHz NMR Spectrometer
Bruker 600MHz NMR Spectrometer
Bristol Proteomics Facility
  • Protein Separation
  • Protein identification
  • Quantitative Proteomics (SILAC, TMT)
  • Phosphoproteomics
  • Serum Proteomics
  • Identification of protein binding partners
Kate Heesom


Proteomics, mass spectrometry (LC-MS), SILAC, TMT Orbitrap Fusion Tribrid Mass Spectrometer with up-stream Ultimate 3000 nano-LC system (Thermo Scientific).
LTQ-Orbitrap Velos Mass Spectrometer with up-stream Ultimate 3000 nano-LC system (Thermo Scientific).
DigestPro automated digestion unit (Intavis Ltd.)
2 x Ultimate 3000 stand alone LC systems for peptide fractionation (Thermo Scientific).
GE Healthcare IPGphor3 Isoelectric Focussing Units.
GE Healthcare Ettan DALT Twelve and Six Separation Units.
GE Healthcare DALT Twelve Gel caster.
GE Healthcare Typhoon 9400 Variable Mode Imager.
Bristol Translational Biomedical Research Centre (TBRC)
  • Full medical, surgical and drug research on large animal models
  • High resolution MRI and surgical examination
  • Onsite anaesthetist
Stuart Pope


Imaging, analysis, MRI, translational research, Veterinary sciences, clinical research, surgical research Seimens 3 Tesla MRI Scanner, fully-operational surgical theatre, pre-treatment room, wet lab, cryo storage
Bristol Wolfson Bioimaging Facility
  • Latest-state-of-the-art Light and Electron Microscopy
  • Correlative Light Electron Microscopy (CLEM)
  • Cell & life sciences imaging for biological and biomedical research
  • Sample processing
  • Image analysis support
Mark Jepson (Light microscopy) or Paul Verkade (Electron microscopy)

m.a.jepson@bristol.ac.uk or p.verkade@bristol.ac.uk

Imaging, analysis, SEM, TEM, microscopy, screening, sample processing Leica SP5 confocal imaging systems (3, incl 1 with resonant scanner and hybrid detectors)
2 Leica SP8 confocal systems (with resonant scanner and hybrid detectors)
Leica SPE confocal system
Ultraview Spinning Disk
Widefield imaging systems (6, various specs)
Leica TIRF microscope
Leica SP8 Multiphoton
Leica SP8 Fluorescence lifetime imaging microscope
Leica SP8 STED (super-resolution)
Leica SP8 fluorescence correlation spectroscopy
Perkin Elmer Opera LX high content screening system
Essen IncuCyte high throughput live cell imaging system
Tecnai 12 -FEI 120kV BioTwin Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM)
Tecnai 20 -FEI 200kV LaB6 Twin Lens Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM) including HAADF-STEM detector and cryo capabilities
Quanta 400FEI FEG Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) with cryo attachment
High Pressure Freezer, Leica EMPACT2 + RTS
Photo-oxidation light microscope (Correlative Microscopy)
Cryo fluorescence Light Microscope (Correlative Microscopy)
Bristol X-ray Analytical Service
  • Single crystal X-ray structure determination (90-400K)
  • Variable temperature/room temperature powder X-ray diffraction measurements (16-300K)
Hazel Sparkes


XRD, x-ray diffraction, single crystal analysis, powder  

Bruker D8 Advance Diffractometer Powder diffractometer

Bruker Microstar Rotating Anode Copper Diffractometer

Bruker Kappa Apex II Molybdenum sealed tube single crystal diffractometer

Cardiff Bioimaging Research Hub
  • Histology slide preparation service
  • Microscopy training and support
  • 3D printing of microscopical volume datasets
Anthony Hayes (Facility manager) or Pete Watson (Academic lead for imaging)


Histology, microscopy, slide scanning, laser micro-dissection, 3D printing Zeiss Lightsheet Z.1 system.
Zeiss LSM 880 upright Airyscan confocal microscope with PicoQuant FLIM module
Leica TCS SP2 AOBS confocal system with upright and inverted microscope stands.
Olympus IX71 spinning disc confocal system for live cell imaging.
3D Image processing and analysis workstations running Bitplane Imaris 8.1 C1 for Cell Biologists, Arivis Vision4D software, Zeiss Zen and SymphoTime 64 software (an d others)
Objective Imaging Surveyor Slide Scanning System
Olympus BX40 microscope with digital camera
Olympus BX41 microscope with digital camera
Olympus BX50 microscope with digital camera
Olympus BX61 fully motorised microscope with digital camera
Olympus SZX12 stereo zoom microscope with digital camera
Leica DMRB microscope with digital camera
Meiji macro-imaging system
Biospace Lab PhotonIMAGER Optima in vivo imaging system
Zeiss PALM MicroBeam laser micro-dissector
Zortrax M200 3D printer
Paraffin wax histology facility
Cardiff Central Biotechnology Services (CBS)
  • Gene expression profiling
  • SNP genotyping and copy number analysis
  • MicroRNA analysis and methylation analysis
  • Evaluation of RNA quality
  • Large scale RT-PCR and TLDAs
  • Bioinformatics analysis
  • Primer and Project design and data analysis
  • Electrochemiluminescence
  • Flow Cytometry and cell sorting
Charlotte James


Cell handling, flow cytometry, imaging, analysis, SEM, TEM, microscopy, protein interaction, genomics, bioinformatics, high-throughput screening BD Cantos flow cytometer
Beckman CyAn flow cytometer
BD LSRFortessa (4 laser) cell analyser
BD FACS Aria cell sorter
Bruker Fx-Pro
PerkinElmer IVIS 200
Meso Scale Discovery (MSD) QuickPlex SQ 120
Biacore SPR 3000
Biacore T200
RedoxSYS Diagnostic System
ABI QuantStudio 12k
ABI QuantStudio ViiA7
Affymetrix Miccroarray Platform
Cardiff Gas Turbine Research Centre
  • Gas Analysis, NOx, CO, THC, O2, NH3
  • Particulates, LII, DMS
  • Laser diagnostics, LDA, PDA, PIV, PLIF
  • Chemiluminescence
  • High-Speed Videography
  • High-Fidelity Combustion Dynamics
Steve Morris


Test rig, gas turbines, fuel variability, ammonia, combustion, hydrogen, high pressure, high temperature, engineering High pressure, high temperature optical combustor for representative Gas Turbine combustor testing
Large scale atmospheric spray rig
Large scale gas mixing to include CH4, H2, N2, CO2, O2
Constant Volume Bomb for fundamental laminar burning rate and flame stretch
Pressurised Counter Flow Burner for flame stretch
150kW Gas Engine and Load Bank
Cardiff Mass spectrometry and chromatography
  • Generation of High Res and Low Res Mass Spectrometry data
  • Quantitative determination of metals in solution/solids
Mahmoud Akhtar


Mass spectrometry, MALD-ToF, spectroscopy Waters MALDI-TOF micro mx
Waters Synapt
Waters QTOF micro (ES/APCI, ionisation)
Waters LCT premier XE (ES/APCI ionisation)
Bruker Amazon XL ion trap (ES/APCI ionisation)
Waters GC-TOF (EI/CI, FD and FI ionisation)
Perkin Elmer TGA-FTIR-GC/MS (EI ionisation)
Agilent 7900 ICPMS
Cardiff Nuclear magnetic resonance
  • Acquisition of Small molecule and Biological molecule NMR data
Mahmoud Akhtar


NMR, spectrometry Bruker Fourier 300 MHz (7.0 Tesla; 1H and 13C) x 3
Bruker Avance III HD 400 MHz (9.3 Tesla; 1H and 13C)
Bruker Avance III HD 500 MHz with Prodigy cryoprobe (11.7 Tesla; multinuclear)
Bruker Avance III 600 MHz with cryoprobe (14.0 Tesla; 1H, 13C, 19F, 31P, 15N)
Cardiff Powder X-ray diffraction
  • Variable temperature/room temperature powder X-ray diffraction measurements (16-300K)
Mahmoud Akhtar


XRD, x-ray diffraction, Powder Analytical XPert diffractometer with 96 position autosampler
Bruker D8 diffractometer with multi-sample holder.
Bruker D8 diffractometer with high temperature sample stage (Paar HTK 1200) and low temperature cryostat (Oxford PHenix).
Panalytical XPert diffractometer with Anton Parr XRK reaction cell and on-line GC/MS analysis
Rigaku R-axis IV diffractometer (copper rotating anode)
Cardiff Scanning Electron Microscope
  • EBSD
  • EDX
  • SE, BS, STEM imaging
Mahmoud Akhtar


Imaging, analysis, SEM, EDX, EBSD, Cryo tescan maia 3 triglav FEG-SEM, univac variable pressure system, peltier cooled cryo stage, ebsd, edx, stem, quorum Q150T putter coater and glow discharge (Au/Pd, C)
Cardiff Single Crystal X-ray diffraction
  • Dual wavelength, single crystal diffraction
  • Variable temperature diffraction measurements (80-500K)
Mahmoud Akhtar


XRD, x-ray diffraction, single crystal analysis Agilent SupaNova Dual Atlas diffractometer, equipped with an Oxford Cryosystem cooling apparatus
Cardiff Transmission Electron Microscope
  • 3D tomography with high-stability goniometer stage
  • EDS elemental analysis with elemental mapping and line scan capability
  • CRYO imaging at -175 oC
Mahmoud Akhtar


Imaging, analysis, TEM, EDX, tomography, Cryo Jeol JEM 2100 Transmission electron microscope
high-resolution Gatan digital camera with resolution 0.2 nm,
dark field (HAADF detector) imaging in STEM mode
3D tomography with high-stability goniometer stage specifically tuned for high tilt tomographic applications
EDS elemental analysis with elemental mapping and line scan capability
CRYO imaging at -175 oC
Cardiff X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) analysis
  • XPS Analysis
David Morgan


XPS, argon cluster, surface analysis, LEIS Kratos Axis Ultra-DLD XPS System. Includes gas treatment cell, LEIS, LEED and argon ion etching
Thermo K-Alpha+ XPS system with argon cluster source. Ability for ARXPS, work function measurements, rapid XPS imaging
Exeter Biosciences Sequencing facility
  • High throughput library preparation
  • Long read sequencing
  • Reduced representation sequencing (e.g. RAD-seq)
  • Amplicon sequencing
  • 16S/18S profiling
  • Denovo genome assembly
Konrad Paszkiewicz


DNA sequencing, NGS Illumina MiSeq
Illumina HiSeq 2500
Pacific Biosciences RSII
Pacific Biosciences Sequel
Exeter Centre for Graphene Science
  • Graphene related device manufacture
  • Thin film deposition
  • E-beam lithography
  • Laserwriting
Mark Heath


EBeam lithography, graphene devices, cleanroom, thin film deposition MicroAce 3 Dicing Saw
KLA Tencor D-100 Stylus Surface Profiler
Nanobeam NB4 Electron Beam Lithography System
HHV Auto 306 Thin Film Deposition System
Durham Magneto Optics Laserwriter ML2
Moorfield NanoPVD
Exeter Offshore testing facility
  • FaBTest has unique pre-consent for device demonstration
  • Full site survey and resource characteristics available
  • Test whole systems, sub-systems or numerical models
Lars Johanning


Offshore, marine engineering, test rig, research vessel FaBTest is an award-winning, pre-consented, 2.8km2 test area situated within Falmouth harbour, between three and five kilometres offshore in Falmouth Bay. The infrastructure provides demonstration opportunities for scaled or full scale devices, as well as providing scope for field demonstration of sub-systems such as moorings, foundations and umbilical cables are all supported. FaBTest has a pre-consented status, which allows for up to three devices to be deployed concurrently, aims to provide a fast, flexible low risk and low cost solution for the testing of marine energy technologies, components, moorings and deployment procedures. The site offers water depths of 20m-50m and seabed types of rock, gravel and sand. Operational support of the site, as well as ongoing monitoring and world leading research is provided by the Renewable Energy Group from the University of Exeter, based on the nearby Penryn campus
Wales Positron Emission Tomography Imaging Centre (PETIC)
  • Clinical and Pre Clinical Services
  • FLT, FDG, FDOPA, Fallypride, Beta amyloid & Tau imaging
  • FDOPA and Fallypride quantification of dopaminergic transport and receptor function
  • NaF bone scanning
  • Gallium 68 DOTANOC imaging for neuroendocrine tumours
  • F Choline PET in Prostate Cancer
  • Monoclonal antibody imaging and kinetics
  • Stem Cell tracking
Chris Marshall


Imaging, analysis, PET scanner, radiotherapy, cyclotron, clinical research, radiotherapy, dementia, Parkinson’s, Huntingdon’s, neurology Cyclone 18/9 cyclotron
GE 690 Time of Flight PET CT scanner
Radiotherapy treatment planning system.
Pre-clinical PET CT scanner