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BioTech Hub Cutting Edge Facilities

Equipment available for use

The BioTech Hub at University of Kent offers a range of fantastic quality and specialist equipment that can help your business to research and test for better quality products and features.

Cell Image Analysis Facility: Zeiss LSM 880 Elyra confocal microscope with Airyscan and PALM/STORM Super Resolution, Jeol 1230 120kV Transmission Electron Microscope, Bruker Multimode Atomic Force Microscope and Leica EM UC7 ultramicrotome and diamond knives.

Biomolecular Science Facility: Protein mass spectrometry (Waters Synapt G2Si and Bruker micrOTOF-Q), GCMS (Agilent, single quad), MALDI-TOF/TOF mass spectrometry, UHPLC, HPLC, nanoLC, fluorimetry, and circular dichroism

Biological NMR Facility: 600 MHz five-channel Bruker Avance III spectrometer with a cryoprobe. The spectrometer is used for structural biology, molecular dynamics measurements, drug binding and discovery campaigns, metabolomics and the analysis of small molecules.

Biosensor Development (Biosciences/Electronic and Digital Arts/Physical Sciences and Chemistry) – A suite of software and equipment to design, protoype and test a range of sensors is available. Sensors can be functionalised to develop biosensors using smart polymers designed in-house and tested using scanning-electron microscopy (SEM) differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), thermogravimetric analysis, Raman microscopy, dynamic light scattering analysis (particle sizing), XRD, single-crystal diffractometer, X-ray fluorescence, contact angle analysis, rheometry and polarising optical microscopy.

Other specialist equipment available is: animal cell culture facilities, animal cell and bacterial fermentation, cell sorting, anaerobic sample handling, fast reaction kinetics, parallel computing cluster, laser trap rig, automated sample handling.