Circular Dichroism @ University College Cork (UCC) School of Pharmacy

Institution University College Cork (UCC) School of Pharmacy
County Cork
Technique Category Spectroscopy
Technique Circular Dichroism

Basic Capabilities

Protein secondary structure determination. Characterisation of optical properties of chiral or aligned materials.


Equipment Make Applied Photophysics
Equipment Model Chirascan Circular Dichroism Spectrometer


Advantage of Technique/Equipment Non destructive technique giving comparative information on protein secondary and tertiary structure.
Limitations of Technique/Equipment Requires knowledge of sample and experience of technique to interpret spectrum

Other Details

Containment Sample cell fill / empty operations could be carried out in fume hood and cells transferred to instrument once solvent is non toxic.
Turnaround Time Sample Dependent
Report yes
Interpretation yes
Data on Analyst Trained PhD student or Experienced staff member/technician
Indicative Price 75 euro per sample per test (Containment more expensive)

Industry Recommendation


Dr. Abina Crean and Dr Michael Cronin


Quality & Systems Supports

Quality Management System in Place


Good Manufacturing Practice Status

Preventative Maintenance

Run check with material standards



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