University Instrumentation Center


When polarized light is passed through a solution containing an optically active compound, the polarized light will rotate clockwise or counter-clockwise.  The specific rotation is calculated based on the observed optical rotation by taking into account the cell length and sample concentration.

Analytical Instruments

Our instruments are located on the Durham campus of the University of New Hampshire.  Free parking spaces are made available for visitors and clients behind Parsons Hall. 

Reservation Software 

If you are a registered user of our instruments, you may access our new instrument reservation software here: Idea Elan

Instrument Recommendations

The University Instrumentation Center (UIC) has developed a series of instrument recommendations for many common instruments based on experience maintaining instruments across many disciplines for many years.  The following is a guide and the UIC staff is available for instrument consulting and recommendations for instruments not listed as well as for specialized applications.

Proposals, Publications, Posters, Presentations, and Papers


The University Instrumentation Center can help strengthen your proposal by:

  • Providing supporting analytical testing to include in proposals
  • Providing instrument recommendations
  • Providing instrument comparison research and coordinating instrument demonstrations
  • Providing support letters for available UIC services
  • Providing standardized text describing UIC facilities
  • Assistance with management plan development for instrumentation intensive proposals


The UIC and Academics

The University Instrumentation Center's instruments and services have been utilized by the following Academic courses over the last few years. Partnering with the UIC can add a new dimension to an existing lab section or even present a new approach to teaching familiar concepts. Engaging the students in state of the art complex instrumentation can broaden their knowledge and understanding of the sciences and engineering. Please contact any of the UIC scientists about using our instruments in your lab sections.

What’s New in the University Instrumentation Center – Welcome 2016!

We look back on a successful 2015 and we look forward to new opportunities and challenges in 2016.

Throughout 2015, the University Instrumentation Center (UIC) focused on strengthening its value to the university and the local research community. Some highlights of our major accomplishments in 2015 include:

Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM)

The Zeiss/LEO 922 Omega TEM is a research microscope with accelerating voltages of 120 and 200kV and has magnification from 80X to 1,000,000X with a resolution line of 0.12nm. The in-column energy filter allows researchers to look at unstained or faintly stained materials and tissues. The high resolution objective lens allows the user to tilt a single-grid specimen holder plus or minus 15 degrees.


Scanning Electron Microscope with Focused Ion Beam (FIB-SEM)

Manufacturer:                    Tescan                                         
Model #:                               Lyra3 GMU FIB SEM
Year of Manuf:                    2013                                                
Year Acquired:                    2014
Location:                              Parsons Room NB-17AD



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