The Department of Chemistry's Research, Outreach, Consulting and Analytical Services (ROCAS) initiative is to leverage the wealth of expertise, instrumentation and infrastructure within the Department to provide real-world solutions geared towards academia and industry in areas including but not limited to environment, alternative energy sources, as well as agriculture and food security. 

We are also interested in exploring how the Department can enhance the training and preparation of our graduates for work in the industrial sector through, for example, student internships, class visits, guest lectures, and joint research projects. The scope of our activities include workshops and short courses to enhance knowledge in areas of Chemistry such as advanced analytical techniques as well as the pursuit of external funding for research on problems of national and regional importance. 


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Core Services 

Chemical Analysis

  • Classical trace analysis
  • Environmental samples
  • Food, drugs, industrial and commercial products
  • Gas samples
  • Petroleum products
  • Phytochemical analyses
  • Structure elucidation and chemical identification
  • Determination of impurities and contaminants
  • Extractables and leachables studies
  • QC methods and process validation methods
  • Volatile organic compounds, residual solvents

Product Formulation

Microscopy and Surface Analysis 

  • Surface properties
  • Particle properties
  • Analytical imaging applications

Consultancy Services

  • Workshops and short courses
  • Laboratory planning and design
  • Advice on research study design and implementation
  • Chemical education research and consultation
  • Grant winning for project implementation and research activities



Areas of Expertise

  • Environmental monitoring
  • Air quality
  • Agriculture and food security
  • Petroleum products
  • Alternative energy
  • Biosensor technology
  • Pharmaceuticals and drug synthesis
  • Natural products chemistry
  • Materials chemistry
  • Corrosion science
  • Spectroscopy
  • Waste management
  • New product/process development
  • Proposal writing and grant-winning


In-House Instrumentation

  • Gas Chromatographs (FID, ECD, TCD)
  • Mass Spectrometers (LC, GC, ICP)
  • NMR Spectrometers (300, 400, 600 MHz)
  • Calorimeters (TGA/DSC/DTA/TMA)
  • Isothermal Titration Calorimeter
  • Bomb Calorimeter
  • Flame Atomic Absorption Spectrometers
  • Infra-Red, Diode-Array and UV-VIS Spectrophotometers.
  • Spectropolarimeters
  • Microscopes (AFM/Phase Contrast)
  • Furnaces
  • Modular electrochemical workstations
  • Diffusion co-efficient measurements
  • Thin film fabrication and substrate transferral


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Research, Outreach, Consulting and Analytical Services (ROCAS)
Telephone: (868) 662-2002 (Ext. 83273, 83570)
Direct: (868) 662-6013
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