School of Biological and Chemical Sciences



Instrumental analysis consultancy, training and technical services

The Chemistry Department is accommodated in a building complex opened in 1981 and a new laboratory building opened in 1998. There are three large undergraduate teaching laboratories, with adjacent air-conditioned instrument rooms. These are served by a large preparation room and stores. Lectures are conducted in classrooms and lecture theatres around the University campus. The undergraduate laboratories are equipped with all the normal requirements for undergraduate teaching.

Chemistry staff are accommodated in one- or two- person offices directly adjacent to staff research laboratories. There is also a large Postgraduate Research Laboratory and an air-conditioned instrument room accommodating the Department's major instruments. The following instruments are available within the department. Other requirements such as graphite furnace atomic absorption are available by arrangement with the Institute of Applied Sciences.

  • Perkin Elmer FTIR Spectrometer
  • Shimadzu IR470 Infrared Spectrophotometer
  • Perkin-Elmer Ratio Recording IR Spectrophotometer
  • GBC Cintra5 UV/Vis Spectrophotometer
  • Perkin Elmer Lambda 16 UV/Vis Spectrophotometer
  • PE550S and Shimadzu UV-190 UV/Vis spectrophotometers
  • Shimadzu UV-120 single beam UV/Vis spectrophotometers
  • Hitachi R-24 B NMR spectrometer
  • Perkin Elmer Sigma 3B Gas Chromatograph
  • Perkin Elmer 8500 Gas Chromatograph
  • Perkin Elmer Autosystem Gas Chromatograph
  • Shimadzu HPLC system with RID Detector
  • Waters HPLC systems with variable wavelength UV Detector
  • Waters HPLC system with RID Detector
  • Shimadzu and Dionex Ion Chromatography Equipment
  • Shandon high voltage electrophoresis apparatus
  • Corning 400 and EEL flame photometers
  • Hitachi H2000 fluorimeter
  • Perkin-Elmer 3110 atomic absorption spectrometer
  • Perkin-Elmer 2380 atomic absorption spectrometer
  • PAR 174A Polarographic Analyzer
  • Metrohm 746 VA Trace Analyzer
  • Philips PW 1924 X-Ray Diffractometer
  • MSB Mk I Magnetic Susceptibility Balance


Subject to the demands of the teaching programme, the Department's instrumentation facilities may be made available for consultancy work. Fees will depend on the type of work involved, number of samples and frequency of work.


From time to time the Department arranges training courses covering the use and maintenance of instruments. Places may be made available for individuals or small groups working in industry, education or the public sector. Additionally, individual training, tailored specifically to your requirements may be offered subject to the demands of the normal teaching programme. Fees are dependant upon the nature and level of training required.

Technical services

Subject to the demands of the teaching programme, the Senior Technician (Instrumentation) can assist with analytical chemistry and instrumentation problems. Whilst it is not possible to offer a completely comprehensive service for all instruments, routine maintenance, fault finding, calibration and applications advice based on over 18 years experience are offered. Initial consultation is free and advice can often be given by phone, fax or e-mail. Site visits may be arranged subject to availability.

To discuss your instrumental analysis, technical service, training and consultancy requirements contact:

Steve Sutcliffe
Senior Technician (Instrumentation)
Division of Chemistry
University of the South Pacific
PO Box 1168
Republic of the Fiji Islands

Telephone: 212551
Fax: 308423

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