Analytical Infrastructure

The main infrastructures of the HERCULES Laboratory are located in the Vimioso Palace in Évora 
and include both analytical laboratories and office rooms.


The analytical infrastructure of HERCULES Laboratory comprises 300 m2 of laboratory facilities 
integrating five laboratories, namely, the Microscopy and Microanalysis Laboratory, the Chromatography Laboratory, the Mass Spectrometry Laboratory, Materials Characterization Laboratory, the Biodegradation and Biotechnology Laboratory. An important component of the HERCULES Laboratory is the mobile unit – the HERCULES mobile – with equipment for in-situ 
analysis.

The dedicated state-of-art equipment available at the HERCULES Laboratory makes it unique 
among the Portuguese Research infrastructures and one of the few in Europe with analytical
 equipment to perform in-situ and laboratory analysis with capacity for high resolution chemical
 analysis of both organic and inorganic compounds.

The Microscopy and Microanalysis Laboratory comprises various state-of-art equipment that 
enables the chemical analysis of microsamples, and includes a variable pressure scanning 
electron microscope coupled with X-ray spectrometer (VP-SEM-EDS), a Raman 
microspectrometer, an X-ray microdifractometer (micro-XRD), a micro-FTIR, optical microscopes 
and a TG-DTA equipment.

The Mass Spectrometry Laboratory includes a Liquid chromatographer with mass spectrometer
(LC-MS), a gas chromatographer with mass spectrometer (GC-MS), an Inductively coupled
 plasma mass spectrometer, coupled to Laser ablation system (LA-ICP-MS) (an equipment unique 
in Portugal) and an isotope ratio mass spectrometer with elemental analyzer (EA-IRMS).

The Biodegradation Laboratory is equipped to enable the studies of biodegradation agents and processes and the development of new biotechnology based products for application in
 diagnosis and conservation, and includes a biological clean room, incubation system for
 microorganisms, new generation sequencer, bioreactors, Master cycler PCR’s, gel electrophoresis
 systems, imaging system and optical microscopes.

The HERCULES mobile, also unique in Portugal, comprises a set of equipment designed to enable
 in-situ analysis of artifacts and built heritage, namely, a portable X-ray radiography unit with
150kV and 300 kV sources, an high resolution IR-reflectography camera (OSIRIS), an UV-visible-IR photography equipment, an handheld colorimeter, a portable X-ray spectrometer, an
handheld X-ray spectrometer and a portable FTIR spectrometer.


View the full list of equipments: