The Bristol node of the NERC Life Sciences Mass Spectrometry Facility (LSMSF-B) provides access to state-of-the-art methodologies for chemical analysis.
The facility is hosted by the laboratories of the Organic Geochemistry Unit (OGU) in the University's School of Chemistry. It provides a specialist service to members of the UK life sciences community, principally the separation and characterisation of complex mixtures of organic compounds found in biological and environmental materials.
The strength of the facility lies in its use of 'hyphenated techniques', i.e. gas chromatography mass spectrometry (GC/MS) and liquid chromatography mass spectrometry (LC/MS) to resolve these complex mixtures, generate 'fingerprint' distributions, and identify discrete molecular components. The facility also offers an extensive range of compound specific light stable isotope (δ2H, δ13C, δ15N) mass spectrometric techniques providing a further, powerful dimension to sample characterisation.
Applicable to a wide range of sample types, these techniques underpin research conducted across the entire research portfolio of NERC providing new and otherwise unobtainable information about natural and anthropogenic activities in contemporary and ancient environments.
The services provided by the Bristol node of the NERC LSMSF compliment those run by its two sister nodes located at the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) Lancaster and the Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre (SUERC).
The next deadline for applications to this facility is 6th April 2018
If you are employed at an eligible UK academic or research institution or hold an NERC Fellowship, you can apply to use our services.