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Facilities

A brief summary of the facilities and equipment of the Chemistry Department is outlined below.

Instruments: the chemistry department has a wide variety of instrumentation available both for teaching and research purposes. This instrumentation includes:

 
Infrared and Raman Spectroscopy Unit
Digilab FTS-7000 spectrometer: equipped with infra-red hyperspectral imaging and microspcopy capabilities

 
Nuclear Magnetic Spectroscopy Unit
Varian Mercury 300 MHz NMR spectrometer: with probehead for automated observation of 1H, 13C, 19F and 31P nuclei


Elemental Spectroscopy Unit
Varian AA 1275 Series atomic absorption spectrometer and
Perkin-Elmer Optical Emission spectrometer


Thermal Analysis Unit
Q500 Thermogravimetric Analyzer and Q100 research grade DSC including 50-position autosampler

 
Chromatography Unit
Shimadzu GC-17A gas chromatograph and
Waters HPLC/GPC 2690 separations module with photodiode array, conductivity, laser and refractive index detectors


Laboratories: Unisa's Department of Chemistry is a centre for distance learning and as such does not have many undergraduate laboratories. However, the department does have fully equipped research laboratories for organic, inorganic, physical, polymer and analytical chemistry. Also, there is one large undergraduate laboratory which services first, second and third year students, along with current honours candidates.