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.

Running News:

The Tensor 27 is fully functional again.

The source and desiccant cartridge of the Tensor 27 needs replacement, followed by quality checks. In the meantime, do not use the instrument (including the microscope and both detectors)

The sample compartment inlet valve of Vertex 80v is damaged and need to be replaced. A new unit is ordered but until it arrives the sample compartment cannot be vented / evacuated on its own, only together with the entire optical bench. Since this is suboptimal, please limit the use of this instrument if possible.

The dry pump of the IFS 66 v/S is now repaired, the instrument can be used as before.

Service and support will be limited in July. Please plan your measurements accordingly.

Due to scheduled works on the electricity influencing the KBC and Chemistry buildings, all instruments and computers will be shut down on August 13 after 12:00. Passing system checks, all instruments should be available for use from August 14, 12:00.

The dry pump of the IFS 66 v/S needs to be serviced externally. In the meantime, an oil pump is connected to the spectrometer. Please be extremely careful with the manual operation of the valves to avoid oil streaming back into the spectrometer.

The IFS 66 v/S cannot be used today, due to service to its vacuum pump

The Equinox 55 will be retired this year and will be removed from the infrastructure. All data collected will be copied to the standalone computer for long term storage and access.

Service and support will be limited in the Christmas holiday period (December 23 - January 7). Please plan your experiments accordingly.

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. Please do not book this instrument until further notice on this page. In case you need this particular instrument, please contact András directly.

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.

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András Gorzsás, PhD, Manager
Vibrational Spectroscopy Core Facility, KBC, Umeå University
901 87 Umeå 

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KBC Building, Linnaeusväg 6, Office B6-05-07, Linnaeus väg 6, 90736 umeå

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