University of Bath

Accessing MC² services

Read on to learn how Bath researchers and students can access equipment in MC².

Researchers being trained
Our users undergo official training before they can use the equipment.

Arranging a training session

Contact us to arrange training:

Booking our equipment

Once trained, you can book time on our equipment using the online booking tool Calpendo.

Acknowledging the facility

As a Core Research Facility at the University of Bath, the Material and Chemical Characterisation Facility (MC²) follows guidelines used by international professional bodies and journals. We kindly request that our users follow the guidelines below to acknowledge work carried out within the facility:

  1. All publications resulting from the use of instruments within MC² should, at the very least, acknowledge the Material and Chemical Characterisation Facility (MC²) as a whole, e.g. “the authors gratefully acknowledge the Material and Chemical Characterisation Facility (MC²) at University of Bath (https://doi.org/10.15125/mx6j-3r54) for technical support and assistance in this work”. Additionally, the facility should be cited in the reference list using this DOI: https://doi.org/10.15125/mx6j-3r54.

  2. Where users have had significant help from a particular member of the Material and Chemical Characterisation Facility (MC²) staff, or where MC² staff have generated additional data personally, this staff member should be acknowledged by name, e.g. “the authors thank Dr John Smith [replace with appropriate name] of the Material and Chemical Characterisation Facility (MC²) at University of Bath (https://doi.org/10.15125/mx6j-3r54) for his/her/their technical support and guidance in this work”. Additionally, the facility should be cited in the reference list using this DOI: https://doi.org/10.15125/mx6j-3r54.

  3. If Instrument Specialists from MC² contribute more than just routine techniques, they should be co-authors of papers that use this data. This applies to the development or adaptation of protocols to suit specific samples or materials, (re)design of experiments, and extensive data analysis and interpretation. Simple acquisitions of raw data or routine sample preparations alone would not normally merit co-authorship but should still be acknowledged by method 1 or 2 above.

If you are uncertain about the type of acknowledgement required, or have any questions or concerns, please discuss this with the Head of MC², Dr Anneke Lubben, in advance.