Analytical and Instrumentation Laboratory

The Analytical and Instrumentation Laboratory is a service laboratory of the Department of Chemistry located in E5-43 of the Gunning/Lemieux Chemistry Centre.

The laboratory provides analytical support to the department faculty and their researchers. The laboratory also provides support to other University of Alberta departments and to various organizations outside of the university.


  • Analytical
    • C,H,N,S (minimum 5mg required per sample)
    • Oxygen (minimum 5mg required per sample)
    • Cl,Br and I (Halogen Analysis) (required sample weight dependent on halogen content)
    • Weighing (0.1 microgram readability)
    • Potentiometric and pH Titrations
    • Thermal Gravimetric Analysis (TGA) (Ambient to 950 C)
    • Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) (-170 to 500 C)
    • Water Determination using Coulometric or Volumetric Karl Fischer Titration
    • Refractive Index
  • Chromatographic
    • Gas Chromatography (detectors include MS, FID, TCD)
    • Gas Chromatography Headspace Autosampler
    • HPLC Analytical and Semi-Preparative Purification
  • Spectroscopic
    • FTIR Main Bench (50-7000 cm-1) - techniques include Far, Mid, and Near-IR, ATR (liquid, solid, paste)
    • FTIR Microscope (650-7000 cm-1) - techniques include Mid and Near-IR, ATR, Grazing Angle, Reflection/Absorption
    • UV-Vis (175 - 3300 nm)
    • Fluorescence (185 - 900 nm)
    • Polarimetry
    • Circular Dichroism (185 - 700 nm)


  • Instrumentation
    • Agilent 1100 HPLC-MS (UV-Vis and Fluorescence Detectors)
    • Bausch and Lomb Refractometer
    • Thermo Flash 2000 Elemental Analyzer for CHNS and Oxygen
    • Agilent Cary 5000 UV-Vis-NIR
    • Hewlett Packard 8453 UV-VIS Spectrophotometer
    • Hewlett Packard 5890 Gas Chromatograph (MS/FID/TCD) and 7673 ALS
    • Agilent 7694 Headspace Autosampler connected to HP GCD G1800A GC-MS
    • Mettler AB265 Balance
    • Mettler XP2U Ultra-Micro Balance
    • Mettler T70 Autotitrator (Potentiometric, pH, and Volumetric KF)
    • Metrohm 795 KFT Titrino - Karl Fischer Volumetric Titrator
    • Mitsubishi CA-02 Coulometric Karl Fischer Titrator
    • Bruker Vertex 70 and Hyperion 2000 FTIR Microscope
    • Thermo Nicolet 8700 FTIR Spectrometer and Continuum FTIR Microscope
    • Olis DSM 17 Circular Dichroism
    • Perkin Elmer 241 Polarimeter
    • Perkin Elmer Pyris 1 DSC (Differential Scanning Calorimeter)
    • Perkin Elmer Pyris 1 TGA (Thermogravimetric Analyzer)
    • Mettler Toledo Polymer DSC
    • Mettler Toledo TGA/DSC 1
    • Horiba-PTI QM-8075-11 Fluorescence System

Sample Costs

  • Analytical
    Analyses External1 Internal1

    Elemental Analysis by Combustion (C,H,N,S, and O). Note - $200 instrument setup fee is charged for Oxygen analysis

    Titrations - Argentometric (Cl, Br & I), Potentiometric, Acid/Base Contact Manager for Quote Contact Manager for Quote
    Thermal Gravimetric Analysis (TGA) $200/hr3 $130/hr3
    Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) $200/hr3 $130/hr3
    Water Determination (KF Coulometric or Volumetric) $80/sample $65/sample
    Weighing (0.1 microgram sensitivity) $15/sample $10/sample
  • Chromatographic
    Analyses External1 Internal1


    GC (MS, FID, TCD)

    $200/hr3 $130/hr3
    GC-MS Spectral Search $200/hr3 $130/hr3
    Analytical HPLC (MS, UV-Vis, Fluorescence) $200/hr3 $130/hr3
    Preparative HPLC Contact Manager for Quote Contact Manager for Quote
  • Other Analyses
    Analyses External1 Internal1
    Other Analyses
    Refractive Index $55/sample $40/sample
  • Spectroscopic
    Analyses External1 Internal1

    FTIR (see FTIR Instrumentation page for techniques available)

    $80/sample2 $65/sample2
    Polarimetry $55 $40
    UV/Vis/NIR (190-3300 nm) $200/hr3 $130/hr3
    Circular Dichroism (UV/Vis, 185 - 700 nm) $200/hr3 $130/hr3
    Fluorescence (185 - 950 nm) $200/hr3 $130/hr3

1External refers to non-university customers. Internal refers to customers outside of the Chemistry Department but within the university.

2An hourly rate may be charged at the manager's discretion depending on sample requirements or data manipulation. The minimum charge is 0.5 hours at the rate specified.

3The minimum charge is 0.5 hours at the rate specified

NOTE: A 100% surcharge is levied for all "RUSH" analysis requests. Normal analysis turnaround time is five (5) working days.