Chemistry Facilities and Instrumentation

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is located in the Horan-O’Donnell building. Facilities include three classrooms and two lecture halls (with the latest multimedia), five teaching laboratories, a library (with multiple computer terminals), a chemistry club room, research laboratory space for each faculty member, and a machine shop. The department has invested more than $1 million in state of the art instrumentation for use by students in laboratory courses and research projects. Major pieces of equipment include:

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Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy

A strong magnetic field is used to determine structural and molecular environment data for compounds, as well as to study rates of chemical reactions.

  • Agilent Technologies 400-MR DD2 400 MHz Multinuclear


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Infrared/Raman Spectroscopy

Identifies and studies molecules via their vibrations.

  • Nicolet 6700 FT Infrared Spectrometer
  • StellarNet Raman Spectrometer


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Determines properties of molecules by measuring the wavelengths of light absorbed and subsequently emitted. 

  • Olis DM 45 Fluorimeter


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Atomic Absorption/Emission Spectroscopy

Qualitative and quantitative elemental analysis technique.

  •  Perkin Elmer ELAN DRC II Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometer 


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Ultraviolet/Visible Spectroscopy

Provides information about molecular structure via electronic transitions.  

  • Agilent 8452 Diode Array UV/Vis
  • Hewlett Packard 8452A Diode Array UV/Vis
  • Hewlett Packard 8453 Diode Array UV/Vis
  • Hitachi U1900 UV/Vis
  • Varian Cary 2300 UV/Vis-Near IR


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Mass Spectrometry

Determine the molecular weight and the structure of a compound via decomposition fragments.

  • LCMS ThermoScientific LCQ Fleet Ion Trap Mass Spectrometer with Accela High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) System (Electrospray Ionization (ECI) and Atmospheric-Pressure Chemical Ionization (APCI) Probes)
  • Agilent Technologies 6850/5973 Gas Chromatograph /Mass Spectrometer
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Separate and identify the components of mixtures.

  • Agilent Technologies G-1602A Capillary Electrophoresis with Diode Array Detector 
  • Dionex ICS-3000 Ion Chromatograph
  • Agilent Technologies 1100 HPLC with Diode Array Detector
  • Hewlett-Packard 1090L-034 HPLC with Diode Array Detector
  • Agilent 6850 Gas Chromatograph
  • Hewlett-Packard 6890 Gas Chromatograph


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Investigates the properties of ions and molecules via their interaction with an electrode surface.

  • Applied Biosystems 270A-HT Capillary Electrophoresis
  • Princeton Applied Research Electrochemical Trace Analyzer
  • PARC 273A Potentiostat/Galvanostat


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Used to study the electronic energy levels of molecules and determine geometric and bonding properties.

  • Level 95L, 5 Watt, Argon Ion laser
  • Coherent Innova 90C, 5 Watt, Argon Ion Laser
  • Coherent 599 Dye Laser
  • Coherent 699-29 Dye Laser
  • Continuum NdYAG Surelite III Pulsed Laser
  • Continuum ND6000 Tunable Pulsed Dye Laser  
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Separate mixtures of biochemical components.

  • Sorvall RC-6 Plus Super-Speed
  • Beckman-Coulter L8-70 Ultra


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Materials Characterization

  • Perkin-Elmer TGA7 Thermogravimetric Analyzer
  • Perkin-Elmer DSC7 Differential Scanning Calorimeter



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  • Alpha Innotech Red Personal Gel Imaging System
  • Stirling Ultracold -80 °C Freezer
  • Bio-Rad MJ Mini Gradient Thermocycler
  • Radiometer Analytical TIM865 Titration Manager Auto-Titrator
  • Isco SFX System 2130 Supercritical Fluid Extractor
  • HE-43-2 Dri-Lab Vacuum Atmosphere Dry Box
  • Bio-Tek FLX-800 Fluorescence Plate Reader
  • Metrohm 684 KF Coulometer
  • Photoreactor Box with SpectraPhysics 600W Xe Arc Lamp


Additional Resources:

  • Machine shop with lathe, milling machine, drill press, cut-off saw, bandsaw, and belt sander
  • Annealing oven and other glass-blowing equipment
  • Software:  Gaussian 09, ChemBioOffice 2014