other equipment

CBU has a collegial atmosphere providing access to university and fellow researchers' equipment. Here is a brief overview of available equipment:

  • Thermoelectron Nicolet 6700 FT-IR spectrometer
  • Thermoelectron NXR 9650 FT-Raman spectrometer
  • PerkinElmer ICP-MS NexION 300D
  • Bruker D8 Advance XRD
  • Agilent 5890N GC with MS, ECD and FID detectors
  • Cary 100 Bio UV-vis spectrometer and HACH DR 5000 UV-vis spectrometer
  • Varian Cary Eclipse Fluorescence Spectrophotometer
  • Thermofisher M Series AA spectrometer
  • ASAP 2020 Accelerated Surface Area and Porosimetry System
  • Micromeritics Helium pycnometer - Accupyc II 1340
  • 44 core AMD Operton high-performance computer cluster with Gaussian 09
  • Advanced Sonics DRC-8-DPP Ultrasonic Processor
  • CEM Mars6 microwave digestor
  • Lindenberg Blue M Box and Tube Furnaces
  • Malvern M3000 particle size analyzer
  • Metrohm 800 Dosino Titrator

research equipment

The Bierenstiel Group has access to excellent research equipment and analytical instrumentation in our lab, Cape Breton University and CBU's Verschuren Centre. Matthias Bierenstiel was lead in attracting over $1.6 M funding for equipment to Cape Breton University, such as the Bruker Avance II 400 MHz NMR spectrometer (2008), Varian GC450 FID and autosampler (2009), Gamry G750 potentiostat (2008), Parr high-pressure reactor (2010), MBraun double-sized inert-gas glovebox (2010) and Waters Xevo G2 UPLC-MSMS/PAD (2012). The Bierenstiel Group research lab, renovation completed in 2010, is spacious with approx. 500 sqft layout and is equipped with three 6 ft fumehoods, Schlenk lines and glovebox.

funding partners

Bierenstiel Research Group


high-pressure reactor

Parr high-pressure reactor up to 300 bar and small and large scale attachment.

CFI, NSRIT (2010) PI Bierenstiel


Waters Xevo G2 UPLC with ToF MSMS detector and photo array detector; 2,000 m/z limit for MS.

CFI. NSRIT (2012) PI Bierenstiel with Barre and MacQuarrie

Varian GC450

GC equipped with autosampler, 2 columns and FID detector.

NSERC RTI (2009) PI Bierenstiel with Miadonye

400 MHz NMR spectrometer

Bruker Avance II BBO probe with 1D and 2D setup (COSY, HSQC, HMBC, NOESY).

Department of Chemistry equipment funded by CBU, ECBC (2008) 

Gamry G750 potentiostat

Gamry potentiostat, cyclic voltammetry, jacketed and non-jacketed electrocells.

NSERC RTI (2008) PI Bierenstiel

inert-gas glovebox

Labmaster MBraun double-sized inert-gas glovebox with -30°C freezer and two ante-chambers.

CFI, NSRIT (2010) PI Bierenstiel