David A Fulton Research Group

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The DAF group is based within the Chemical Nanoscience Laboratories which were completed in Summer 2008 with funding from the regional development agency One North East and the Royal Society.



For synthetic chemistry, the DAF group has space within the new state-of-the-art synthesis lab.  This  laboratory is furnished with  10 x 2 m of fume cupboards  and is equipped with all necessary equipment for synthetic chemistry.


Gel Permeation Chromatography (GPC)

Our GPC system is based on a Varian ProStar HPLC instrument, equiped with autosampler, a pair of PolymerLabs GPC columns and UV, light scattering and refractive index detectors.  This system can be reconfigured with standard HPLC columns for analytical and semi-preparative HPLC work.


Light Scattering

We use a 18-angle Wyatt Dawn Heleos II detector which can operate on-line or in batch mode. This detector can also perform dynamic light scattering measurements.


MALDI-tof Mass Spectrometry

Our Bruker Microflex instrument further enchances our capabilities to characterize large molecules.


Molecular Modelling

We have access to the Materials Studio suite for modelling studies.

The Chemical Nanoscience Laboraotories are equiped with an extensive range of facilities, including a range of probe microscopes, which we have access to if required.

Chemistry at Newcastle has undergone considerable refurbishment over the last two years.  We have access to a range of excellent School facilities for our work, including a range of NMR spectrometers (Bruker 300 and 700, and Jeol 400 and 500 MHz instruments); open access high resolution LC-ESI mass spectrometry (Waters LCT Premier); Varian GC and GC-ms; FTIR/UV/fluorescence spectrometers; X-ray crystallography and state-of-the-art computational laboratories.