The SJBC is opening this fall 2006 a brand new state of the art Chemistry Analytic Lab, with valuable pieces such as a NMR (Nuclear Magnetic Resonance) and a LC/MS (Liquid Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry).
This newly acquired equipment is essential for chemistry, biology and nanotechnology innovation.
The next equipment purchase will feature other specialized pieces like the HPLC, flow cytometer, microplate reader, and florescence microscope.
Stay tuned for more details on this next equipment acquisition.
NMR spectroscopy is an analytical chemistry technique used for determining the content and purity of a sample as well as its molecular structure. Nuclear magnetic resonance is extremely useful for analyzing samples non-destructively or example, various expensive biological samples, such as nucleic acids , including RNA and DNA , or proteins , can be studied using nuclear magnetic resonance for weeks or months before using destructive biochemical experiments. This also makes nuclear magnetic resonance a good choice for analyzing dangerous samples.
LC/MS is very commonly used for studies of pharmaceuticals and in the study of proteomics. It is a powerful technique used for many applications which has pharmacokinetics high sensitivity and specificity and hence extremely beneficial to have it in the laboratory. The demand for LC/MS analysis has been increasing over the past decade, such that clinical labs often have to turn around results in less than 24 hours, with little margin for error due to increasingly stringent industry standards. Hence having the instrument in-house will be an added advantage for our clients.