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We occupy three rooms in the new Science Building, a synthesis laboratory (B210), adjoining office, and adjoining instrument room, which contains most of our instrumentation.

The excellent facilities at UVic are also available to all research workers in the chemistry department.

Synthesis laboratory

The lab is well equipped to carry out air- and moisture-sensitive organometallic chemistry. Key items of equipment include an inert-atmosphere glovebox. The glovebox is used for handling and storing air-sensitive materials:


Our solvent purification system (SPS) avoids the need for solvent stills and provides water- and oxygen-free solvents "on tap":

Solvent purification system

Schlenk lines (vacuum/nitrogen manifolds) are mounted in each fumehood:


The office adjoins the synthetic lab (Science Building, room B211). Students have their own desk and storage space.

Instrument room

This room houses our electrospray ionization mass spectrometers (ESI-MS). Our Synapt G2Si is new to us as of 2019, and can perform ion mobility measurements as well as obtain high resolution measurements.

Synapt G2Si

The Micromass Q-Tof micro is a compact workhorse research-grade instrument. Check out our research pages to see what it can do. The instrument is kept free of oxygen and water. It is connected to another inert atmosphere glovebox.

MS and glovebox

We also have a Waters TQD, a benchtop triple quadrupole instrument capable of a variety of powerful MS/MS modes, simultaneous monitoring of both positive and negative ion modes, and is connected to a fluorimeter and an UV/Vis diode array detector, both additionally capable of real-time measurements.



We own a Makerbot Replicator2 3D printer, on which we can prototype just about anything you can imagine... provided it is made of PLA!




The view from the office (top) and lab (bottom).

© JS McIndoe, Department of Chemistry, University of Victoria  ·  Updated 19 August, 2019