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Materials and Physical Testing Resources

Analytical Services Unit The ASU is located in our Biological Sciences building and is part of the School of Environmental Studies. The unit performs a wide range of environmental testing services for major organic and inorganic contaminants and has supported over 200 industrial organizations. Specific instrumentation includes ICP-MS, Atomic absorption Spectroscopy, gas chromatography and other spectrometry instruments. 
Chemical Engineering Polymer Laboratory The Polymeric Materials Characterization facility is located within the Department of Chemical Engineering. This facility provides resources and technical support for the characterization of the molecular and bulk physical properties of polymers needed to design novel materials and optimize their properties. Testing equipment includes an Instrom tension and compression tester, numerous spectrometers, surface area and pore size determination and other instrumentation related to the mechanical, thermal, rheological and molecular characterization of polymers.
Coastal Engineering Laboratory The Coastal Engineering Laboratory (QCEL) at Queen’s University is the largest university hydraulics laboratory in Canada. It houses three 45 m long wave flumes, a large wave basin, three river simulator flumes, a rotating fluids table, a 20 m3 landslide flume and a large-scale, water distribution pipe simulation facility. QCEL is a state-of-the-art facility for research and teaching in a broad range of water areas, especially in the fields of River Engineering, Lake Dynamics, Coastal Engineering, Landslides and Water Supply Systems.
GeoEngineering Centre at Queen's The Centre is a multi-site consortium of resources at Queen’s and RMC. The centre is focused on innovation and the advancement of knowledge in geotechnical, geohydrological, geochemical, geomechanical and geosynthetics engineering. Resources for industrial engagement include a buried infrastructure test pit, backfill analysis, Large-scale retaining wall test facility and triaxial testing.
Mass Spectrometry Facility The MS Facility is located in the Department of Chemistry. This unit provides molecular analysis of small molecules and macromolecules including proteins and enzymes for synthesis quality control or molecular characterization. Equipment includes four mass spectrometers that cover a wide range of characterization options.macromolecules, proteins and enzymes to both users in the Queen’s community and from other institutions and industry. 
NanoFabrication Kingston The NFK is a collaboration between Queen’s University and CMC Microsystems and is located at Queen’s Innovation Park. The lab provides services related to micro and nano-fabrication of fluidic, mechanical, photonic and electronic systems and their characterization. Equipment includes electron-beam and photolithography, laser micromachining, plasma etching, physical vapour deposition, and optical and scanning electron microscopy.
Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Facility The NMR facility is located in the Department of Chemistry. It provides structural characterization services for both small organic molecules (drugs, hormones…) and larger molecules such as proteins. The Facility employs five spectrometers ranging in power from 300 to 600 MHz and supported by various analysis software packages.
Queen's Facility for Isotope Research  The QFIR is located in the Department of Geological Sciences. The Facility provides analysis of stable isotope in a wide range of inorganic and organic samples. Specific equipment includes an environmental scanning electron microscope for mineral identification, inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometers for elemental analysis and electron microprobe for quantitative chemical analysis.
Reactor Materials Testing Laboratory The RMTL is located off-site on Grant Timmins Drive. This facility was launched in 2015 and provides material testing capabilities based on damage created with accelerated protons. In addition to the Accelerator, the Laboratory contains both scanning and transmission electron microscopy instruments to evaluate the exposed materials.
Surface Analysis Surface analysis characterization is available within the Department of Chemistry. This Facility provides analysis of the surface chemistry of solid materials, including powders or films, deposited on a surface, with a depth range of 1 to 5 nm. The unit uses X-ray photoelectron Spectroscopy.
X-Ray crystallography  The Crystallography Facility is located within the Department of Chemistry. This unit provides structural information on small molecules using the dispersion patterns generated from X-rays striking a crystal sample. The unit contains a Smart Apex2 D85 diffractometer and associated software.