South Africa

University of Stellenbosch, South Africa


  • Scanning probe microscopy (SPM)
  • Scanning electron microscope (Hitachi) (SEM)
  • Elemental dispersion analyser using X-rays (EDAX)


  • Gel permeation chromatograph (Waters)
  • Gradient high pressure liquid chromatography/Gradient polymerelution chromatography (Waters Alliance, Kontron)
  • LC-transform
  • Crystallisation analysis fractionation
  • Gas chromatograph - Mass spectrometer (Finnigan Mat)
  • 2-Dimensional chromatography

Physical Characterisation

  • Particle size analyser (Malvern)
  • Rheometer (Haake)
  • Weather-o-meter
  • Ultraviolet weather-o-meter
  • Xenon arc weather-o-meter
  • Tensile tester
  • Friction tester
  • Impact tester
  • Abrasion tester


  • Melt flow index plastometer (Ceast)

Thermal analysis


  • Dynamic mechanical analyser - Di-electric analyser (Perkin Elmer)


  • Differential scanning calorimeter (Perkin Elmer)


  • Thermogravimetric analyser 7 (Perkin Elmer)


  • Fourier transform infrared spectrophotometer (Perkin Elmer) with photo-acoustic cell (MTec)


  • Ultraviolet/visible light spectrometer (Perkin Elmer)
  • UV fluorescence spectrometer
  • Acoustic emission spectrometer
  • Electrical impedance spectrometer

Ultrasonics equipment

  • Single and twin screw extruder (Brabender) with twin roll mill

University of Pretoria

  • Laboratory microscopy and microscopy SEM, TEM, EDS
  • Roman and infrared Facility FTIR, Roman Spectroscopy
  • Thermal analysis DSC, TGA, BET, Surface area
  • Committee for XRD, XRD, XRF
  • XPS Facility
  • NMR Spectroscopy

University of the Western Cape

The Department is well equipped with a wide range of modern instrumentation.

  • Varian Gemini XR2000 NMR Spectrometer
  • Finnigan MAT GCQ GC/Mass Spectrometer
  • Elemental Analysis: Carlo Erba NA 1500
  • Nitrogen Analyser
  • Perkin Elmer Paragon 1000PC FT-IR


  • GBC UV/VIS 920 Spectrometer

Other analytical methods include:

  • ASAP2010 analyser (Micromeritics)
  • BET Surface Area (single point). Autochem 2910 analyser (Micromeritics)
  • Temperature Programmed Equipment. STA thermal analyser, Pulsechemisorb 2705 and Autochem 2910

Instruments available for Temperature Programmed Experiments

  • STA Rheomatics Pulsechemisorb 2705
  • Autochem analyser 2910
  • Ion Chromatograph

University of Capetown

The Department is well equipped with a wide range of modern instrumentation.

  • A microanalytical service
  • Gas-liquid chromatography, high-speed liquid
  • Chromatography and other routine facilities
  • NMR (Mercury 300 and Unity 400)
  • Multi-nuclear and solid-state spectrometers)
  • A gas chromatograph-coupled mass
  • Spectrometer, atomic absorption
  • Spectrometers (flame and graphite furnace)
  • An inductively-coupled plasma spectrometer
  • Mid-IR spectrophotometers
  • UV-visible spectrophotometers
  • X-ray generators
  • Several research and teaching microlabs
  • Single crystal diffractometers (four-circle and CCD detector) for crystallographic studies
  • A spectropolarimeter
  • Workstations for both thermal and electrochemical analysis.
  • Several workstations for molecular modelling
  • Sun workstations for the processing of NMR data and full access to the local area network

Wits University

  • Informationa is not available

Rhodes University


  • Atomic Adsorption Spectrometry: Varian AA1275 (flame)
  • Mass Spectrometry: Finnigan Mat LCQ, Finnigan Mat GCQ and HP5890 GCMS
  • Electronic Spectroscopy: Varian Cary spectrometer UV-VIS
  • Varian Cary 500 Scan spectrometer (UV-VIS-NIR; reflectance cell)
  • Beckman 5240 (UV-VIS-NIR; reflectance cell)
  • Infrared Spectroscopy: Perkin Elmer 2000 FTIR
  • Spectrometer (mid-ir, far-ir; DRIFT cell TG-FTIR interface)
  • NMR Spectroscopy: Bruker Avance 400 MHz
  • NMR spectrometer Perkin Elmer R12 (60MHz)
  • Fluorescence Spectroscopy:Varian Cary Eclipse, Perkin Elmer 1000 spectrophotometer
  • Nanosecond Flash Photolysis system
  • non-continuous, one continuos laser system
  • Automatic Polarimeter: Perkin Elmer 141


  • HPLC: 3x Spectrophysics isochrom LC pumps, Water R401
  • Differential refractometer (RI detector),Water R410Differential refractometer (RI detector), Spectrophysics UV detector, large range of semi-prep. GLC columns.
  • GLC: Access to various chromatographs


  • Thermal analysis system: Perkin-Elmer Delta series (DSC and TG -with FTIR interface)
  • Perkin-Elmer Delta series DTA
  • Perkin Elmer DSC2


  • Voltametry: BAS CV 27 Cyclic Voltammogram
  • BAS CV 50 Cyclic Voltammogram
  • BAS CV 100 Cyclic Voltammogram


  • Silicon Graphics: Molecular Simulations
  • PC: Hyperchem 5, GAMESS, & Spartan


  • Autoclave
  • DNA synthesiser: Cruachem PS100
  • Electrophoresis
  • Faraday balance
  • Vacuum oven and furnaces
  • X-ray generator: Seifert diffraction unit with powder and single crystal reciprical lattice
  • Precession cameras, XRD PW 1349 diffractometer


  • Cold room
  • Darkrooms (also constant temperature)
  • Distillation, Spinning band distillation
  • Hydrogenation laboratory
  • Liquid nitrogen (Chemical Stores)
  • Overnight experiment
  • Ozoniser
  • pH meter room

University of the Orange Free State

  • No information is provided

University of Venda, South Africa

  • Thermal Analysis
  • Gas Chromatography/ Mass Spectrometry
  • Capillary electrophoresis: novel chiral stationary phase