Methods and facilities


Methods and Facilities

A variety of devices and equipment for sample preparation and analysis are available in our lab. Depending on the aim of the analysis sample is lyophilized, dried, chemically/mechanically decomposed, mineralized in a microwave oven, pre-concentrated (vacuum or SPE), fractionated, dry ashed, etc.  Simpler spectroscopic methods, such as UV-vis, fluorescence, and infrared spectroscopies, are used to characterize transition metal ions, conjugated organic compounds, and biological macromolecules. Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and infrared (FTIR) spectroscopies are applied to investigate and identify the structure of organic compounds, macromolecules, and polymers.

Also, powerful analytical apparatus for trace level and macro element analysis (AASG, AASF, elemental analyzer), several gas- and liquid chromatographs with different detection modes (UV/DAD, RID, fluorescence, MS/MS) are available for determination of the composition of organic and inorganic substances in wide concentration range. High-resolution mas-spectrometric measurements are carried out by using an ESI-Q-TOF mass spectrometer.

Approximately 300 m2 of laboratory space is available at TalTech Department of Chemistry and Biotechnology for analytical experiments and related chemistry

Elemental analysis

Flame atomic absorption spectrometer (FAAS), SpectrAA 220FS (High-intensity deuterium lamp is used for correction of the background), Varian
Graphite furnace atomic absorption spectroscopy (GFAAS) SpectrAA 220Z (Zeeman effect based correction), Varian
Elemental analyzer Vario MICRO cube (C, H, N, S, O)
Separation methods

CE device with diode array UV detector (CE-UV-DAD), Agilent Tecnologies
Liquid chromatograph with UV-DAD and mass spectrometric detector (ESI-ion trap), Agilent Technologies
Gas chromatograph with flame and mass spectrometric detector (GC-FID-Q-MS), Agilent Technologies
Mass spectrometer with quadrupole time of flight analyzer (Q-TOF MS) coupled with HPLC system, Agilent Technologies
Liquid chromatograph with UV-DAD, fluorescence, and refractive index detectors, Agilent Technologies
Size exclusion chromatograph with UV detector, Shimadzu
Other spectroscopic methods

UV-vis spectrometer, Cary 50 bio, Varian
Fourier-transform infrared spectrometer (MIR, NIR) with diamond ATR device (ATR FTIR), Shimadzu
3-D Fluorescence spectrophotometer, F-7000, Hitachi
Nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer (NMR), measurable nuclei (isotopes) 1H, 13C, 19F, 31P
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