Lab acts as magnet for department

Vice-Chancellor of Lancaster University Prof Mark E. Smith (front left) with head of department Prof Peter Fielden (centre) and Prof David Middleton in the new chemistry department NMR Laboratory at Lancaster University.
Vice-Chancellor of Lancaster University Prof Mark E. Smith (front left) with head of department Prof Peter Fielden (centre) and Prof David Middleton in the new chemistry department NMR Laboratory at Lancaster University.

Major investment in teaching and research facilities and equipment will provide an additional boost to the newly opened Chemistry Department at Lancaster University.

The news comes hot on the heels of the opening of the new Nuclear Magnetic ResonanceLaboratory, which houses two NMR spectrometers and has the capacity to grow over time as new equipment is invested in. This brings the total investment in the new Chemistry Department to more than £26m.

NMR, an invaluable technique for synthetic chemists who design and build molecules in a laboratory environment, is used to determine the structure and connectivity of the manufactured molecules.

It has similar underlying principles as Magnetic Resonance Imaging scanners (MRIs) used in medicine.

The department has also just appointed Prof David Middleton, a world-renowned expert in the more specialised field of solid-state NMR.

The new chemistry facility will include a second NMR Laboratory to house a £1m dedicated solid-state NMR instrument to enable ProfMiddleton to support his research in this field.