Analysing catalytic reactions requires a range of techniques. For large-scale runs, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) is the favoured technique, but on a small scale gas chromatography (GC) offers much greater sensitivity. The EML has two Hewlett–Packard GC systems capable of analysing catalytic reactions producing organic molecules, and systems for detecting trace quantities of hydrogen produced by ‘solar fuel’ methods.
Nuclear magnetic resonance is also a key technique in understanding synthetic reactions. Nulti-nuclear NMR (19F, 31P, etc.) and the ability to work at low temperatures (down to −100 °C) are both routinely used within the EML to gain understanding of our new materials.