Editorial Article: University of Bath Launches New Chemical Characterisation and Analysis Facility (CCAF)

16 Sep 2014


University of Bath, UK, recently celebrated the official opening of its new Chemical Characterisation and Analysis Facility (CCAF). The facility showcased an influx of new analytical equipment in the area of Mass Spectrometry, NMR Spectroscopy and X-ray Crystallography.

This exciting new facility enables scientists from the University of Bath and around Europe to analyze compounds to the highest level. The team at CCAF not only assists with standard analysis, but is also available to help with method development, sample preparation, data processing and interpretation of results. The team, led by Dr Anneke Lubben, prides itself on providing a rapid, reliable and competitively priced service.

Dr Anneke Lubben, Head of CCAF and Senior Mass Spectrometrist at the University of Bath says: "Our facility combines cutting-edge analytical equipment with extensive in-house expertise to provide a comprehensive chemical characterisation service for the commercial sector. Our staff are expert analytical scientists and instrument specialists, with extensive experience of a wide range of application areas."

The new facility comprises of a range of new analytical equipment:

NMR Spectroscopy
Europe's First Agilent ProPulse 500 MHz NMR Spectometer

Mass Spectrometry
Bruker Daltonics MaXis HD – ESI-QTOF
Bruker Daltonics Autoflex Speed - MALDI-TOF/TOF

X-ray Crystallography
Agilent Technologies Supernova
Agilent Technologies Xcalibur


Dr John Lowe, Senior NMR Spectroscopist at the University of Bath commented: "CCAF offers scientists, from within the university and beyond, a wide range of modern, state-of-the-art analytical chemistry facilities. These include the three core techniques of x-ray crystallography, NMR spectroscopy and mass spectrometry, each of which has benefited from recent purchases of cutting edge, high specification equipment."

The new facility brings together a range of advanced analytical technologies that help scientists to get the most out of their experiments and achieve publications of the highest standards.


Picture: Dr Lois Manton-O'Byrne & Dr Anneke Lubben