Welcome to the Vibrational Spectroscopy Core Facility at KBC!
The Vibrational Spectroscopy Core Facility is a uniquely equipped infrastucture that provides Fourier-transform infrared (FTIR) and Raman spectroscopy and microspectroscopy services, using state-of-the-art instrumentation and methodology to detect (and localise at micron and submicron level) chemical changes in various sample materials.
The infrastructure provides service and access for local KBC and Campus groups as well as Swedish and international academic and industrial partners, and is an open-access facility.
The infrastructure is part of the Euro-Bioimaging Project via the Swedish Bioimaging Network.
The new handheld Raman instrument is now installed, operational and available for everyone with a valid licence via the e-booking system. Just select "Portable Raman: BRAVO" as instrument, but before you use it for the first time, please contact András for a qucik 10 minute introduction.
The Equinox 55 is out of order, due to a power supply failure and expired laser. Replacement has been ordered, and the instrument is expected to be up and running by around September 1. Please do not book this instrument until then.
Due to a scheduled service and system maintenance work on the entire electric grid of Umeå University, all instruments and computers will be shut down between August 14 - 17. Although the work is scheduled outside office hours, sudden power drops and restarts could damage (especially the older) instruments, and thus as a precaution everything will be kept shut down until all work is done. Passing system checks, all instruments should be available for use from August 17, 12:00.
Service and support will be limited in July. Please plan your measurements accordingly.
The 1st International Plant Spectroscopy Conference is organised by the International Plant Spectrosocpy Society and the Vibrational Spectroscopy Core Facility. It is to take place at KBC, Umeå University, on August 29-30. Registration is open until July 31 via the conference homepage (conference.plantspec.org)
The Faculty of Natural Sciences and Technology at Umeå University granted ViSp funding for the purchase of a portable Raman spectrometer. The public procurement procedure has already been initiated and purchase and installation is estimated to take place before September 2017.
Magnus Johnson at KTH Stockholm received 6.4M SEK from Stiftelsen Olle Engkvist Byggmästare for the purchase of a nano-IR setup. ViSp was a co-applicant in the proposal, and as a result all ViSp users will get full access to the instrument, which will be located, administered, serviced and maintained at KTH in Stockholm.
The computer for the Raman instrument behaves erratically with USB memory sticks. Please try to copy your data in smaller portions / fewer files at a time, and if you run into difficulties test different USB memory sticks and different USB ports on the computer. We will resolve this issue as soon as possible.
Service and support will be limited in the holiday season (December 20 - January 09). Please plan your measurements accordingly.
Due to reparation in one of the labs on the 5th floor, the cooling system for the IR lab on the 6th floor will be shut down on 2016 November 23 in the morning. We expect the cooling to be operational by the afternoon. This should NOT affect the instrument (Vertex 80v and IFS66v/S) unless you have long timescale experiments, in which case the baseline may drift. If you have questions, please contact András for more information.
The IFS66v/S got a new computer and is working again. All data has been copied from the old computer, but the automation script is only partially working. Contact András for more information if you need to perform automated diffuse reflectance measurements.