We have recently invested heavily in new laboratories and equipment for teaching and research. We proudly offer a wide range of advanced facilities for student and research use, including our Fluor pilot plant, analytical laboratories, NMR spectrometers, X-Ray diffractometers, and materials characterisation facilities.

Launching in 2023, our Energy Hub will underpin our research in green energy including battery technology, energy storage and green hydrogen.

Chemistry facilities

Students working in the Joseph Kenyon Chemistry Laboratory

Our Joseph Kenyon Laboratory has had a revamp and now has over double the existing fume hood capacity and a larger IT facility. It implements new luminaires and has replaced fridges with an energy-efficient cold room.

It is a safe place to work, with the installation of daylight simulation and fire-resistant storage cupboards.

The laboratory's low energy consumption, carbon footprint and operational cost have further boosted its reputation as an innovative laboratory.

Available analytical instruments

There are a number of instruments we have available for students, researchers and businesses to use. There is usually a fee associated with use to cover running costs and consumables. Samples will usually need to be submitted for analysis by a suitably experienced technician, but in some circumstances the staff or student will be able to do the work themselves.

Please contact Dr Daniel Driscoll at d.driscoll@surrey.ac.uk for further information.

Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR)

  • Bruker 300MHz NMR spectrometer
  • Bruker 500MHz NMR spectrometer.

X-Ray diffraction

  • PANalytical X’Pert Pro X-ray diffractometer
  • PANalytical X’Pert Powder X-ray diffractometer
  • Philips 1830 X-ray diffractometer.


  • Agilent 7890a-5975c GCMS
  • ThermoQuest Finnigan Voyager GCMS
  • Micromass GCT classic Time-of-Flight MS
  • HP 5890 GC (electron capture detector / nitrogen-phosphorus detector)
  • Agilent 6890n GC (Flame ionisation detector)
  • CSi 200 series GC (FID) x 2
  • ThermoFinnigan Surveyor HPLC (UV-vis / RI)
  • Varian 920-LC HPLC (UV-vis)
  • Varian 920-LC HPLC (UV-vis, ELSD)
  • Varian Polaris HPLC (UV-vis)
  • Dionex ICS5000 ion chromatograph.

Spectroscopy and elemental analysis

  • Applied Photophysics Chirascan (Circular dichroism)
  • Agilent Cary600 FTIR
  • Perkin Elmer System2000 FTIR
  • Perkin Elmer System2000 Raman FTIR
  • Perkin Elmer LS50B fluorimeter
  • Perkin Elmer Lambda 750 UV-vis
  • BioChrom Libra UV-vis
  • Jasco Polarimeter
  • Perkin Elmer AAnalyst 400 FAAS
  • Agilent200 series FAAS / GFAAS
  • Agilent 7700 ICPMS
  • Exeter Analytical CHN analyser.


  • Linseis dilatometer
  • ESS ecosys-ρ Residual Gas Analyser.

Chemical engineering facilities

Chemical engineering facility

Fluor Pilot Plant

The Fluor Pilot Plant (PDF) is a fully operational chemical process plant that demonstrates all of the main functions of an industrial plant such as chemical reaction, solids handling, filtration, heat exchange and CO₂ capture by gas absorption. It utilises a safe whole process to produce very pure saline solution from a contaminated salt feed.

The plant has a high spec control room, situated on a mezzanine floor, which closely resembles control rooms found in industry, with a mimic display showing a range of data such as the operational status of the plant and real time measurements.

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