Since 1966, Chemistry has been established on the Ilam campus of the University of Canterbury, occupying eight floors of the Rutherford building. The ground floor houses our workshops, major research instruments and stores, the next four to undergraduate laboratories and the last three are devoted to research and staff offices. In late 2017 we will move into the Rutherford Regional Science and Innovation Centre.

Instrument Suite

The facility is currently staffed by Dr Marie Squire. The Mass Spectrometry Facility of the Department of Chemistry provides analytical services for the researchers in the School of Chemistry, other researchers in the University of Canterbury and users outside the University.

Bruker maXis 3G

Installed mid 2010, this instrument is the first and best of its kind in a New Zealand University. This is an Ultra High Resolution Time of Flight (UHR-TOF) tandem mass spectrometer offering accurate mass analysis, high resolution and high sensitivity across the entire dynamic range. Liquid Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry (LC-MS) facilities are also available.

Shimadzu GC-MS

This instrument is a ‘hands-on’ spectrometer and is available to all trained research workers. It is well set up for automated analyses. The NIST commercial library is available for assistance with identification of unknowns.

A matching GC-FID is also available.

The facility is staffed by Dr Marie Squire.

 Agilent 400 MR

This spectrometer isequipped with a OneNMR probe and variable temperature capabilities. The 96-sample robotic auto-sampler runs continually in full automation and ensures an efficient use of the instrument.

 This instrument is a ‘hands-on’ spectrometer and is available to all trained research workers and provides routine 1D and 2D NMR characterisation based on 1H, 13C, 19F and 31P NMR. It is also available to those wanting multinuclear NMR analysis and variable temperature studies.

The Department of Chemistry has a long history of small molecule X-ray crystallography starting in 1954, and subsequently developed by the efforts of Professor Ward Robinson. We currently have a Rigaku Supernova A diffractometer, which features dual source microfocus Mo and Cu radiation and a large- format Atlas detector. The high photon flux possible allows the collection of excellent data on small crystals with the flexibility of wavelength resulting in a wide range of different samples and experiments. An Oxford 700 Nitrogen Cryostream allows routine working sample temperatures between 80-400K. The diffractometer operates to support departmental research as well as accepting samples from researchers throughout New Zealand and overseas. The machine is used by postgraduate students (after in-depth training) as part of their research. Additionally, the department routinely accesses the X-ray diffraction facilities at the Australian Synchrotron.

For more information please contact:

Christopher Fitchett

Senior Lecturer
Rutherford 642
Internal Phone: 95344

Matthew Polson

Compliance and Instrument Technician
Rutherford 740
Internal Phone: 94826

ICP-MS isan analytical technique for simultaneously measuring low concentrations of metals in a wide range of matrices. The instrument is a joint initiative between the Colleges of Science and Engineering.  This service is available to all researchers at the University of Canterbury and the wider community. For further information about the ICP-MS service please contact Rob Stainthorpe or Sally Gaw or visit the ICP-MS Learn page (for UC staff and students only).

  • FT-IR
  • UV - Visible
  • Atomic absorption 
  • ORD/CD
  • ITC
  • DSC
  • HPLC
  • Polarimeter
  • TGA

For all enquiries about Chemistry department facilities please contact:

Marie Squire

Technical Officer
Rutherford 748
Internal Phone: 95085

Matthew Polson

Compliance and Instrument Technician
Rutherford 740
Internal Phone: 94826


The Glass Workshop provides customised scientific glass apparatus for Chemistry, Physics and Astronomy and other University departments as required, such as Chemical and Process Engineering.

Unique within Canterbury, the workshop also produces specially commissioned items for external customers such as other educational institutions, research institutes and industry. Customers have included manufacturers, engineering firms, breweries and even private individuals seeking a unique or hard-to-find item. Any industry with a quality control lab is likely to need specific, customised glass items and often find their way to UC's Glass Workshop.

The Glass Workshop will assist with design and offer advice.  

For all enquiries please contact the workshop manager:

Rob McGregor

Technical Officer
Rutherford 631
Internal Phone: 94268

The Chemistry, Physics and Astronomy Mechanical Workshops at the University of Canterbury play an important part in the high-quality research that is produced by the two departments.

Our staff have had many years of experience in outside industries specialising in precision or broad range work before coming to work at the University. Combining accumulated knowledge, skills and experience has allowed us to not only design and build the highly complex pieces of equipment demanded by today’s level of scientific research but has also allowed us to become adept at carrying out a wide-ranging array of tasks.  These can be as simple as a coat rack all the way up to advanced scientific instrumentation used at a molecular to nano-level of science.

We operate from within the University campus and are committed to delivering a high-quality service to clients both inside and outside of the University. Years of experience allow us to offer a full range of services starting from basic consultation and advice, to design work and all the way to completed, usable products.

For all enquiries please contact the workshop manager:

Nick Oliver

General staff representative, management team
Rutherford 127
Internal Phone: 95130

For more information get in touch with

our Technical Staff