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Facilities

The department of chemistry has many resources made available to our students to assist them in becoming excellent research scientists. Our students have access to a wide range of instruments for course work and research projects.  Our facilities, instruments and instructional resources make for an exciting working environment. 

Our facilities and instruments include:

  • A high field NMR used by chemistry students and faculty in research and upper-level laboratory courses
  • Laser Spectroscopy Q-switched Nd:YAG laser system
    Equipped with 2nd (532 nm), 3rd (355 nm), and 4th (266 nm) harmonics along with an Optical Parametric Oscillator with tunable output from 420 nm to 2000 nm. The detection system consists of a LabVIEW controlled monochromator and PMT along with a gated integrator. The students use this instrument in advanced lab courses to measure the lifetime and emission intensity of fluorescent compounds.
  • Modeling and Simulations Lab
    Thermodynamic predictions of chemical reactions and molecular dynamic simulations of lipids and proteins are used to bridge the gap between theoretical and practical aspects of math, chemistry and biology. With modeling and simulations, our students are able to acquire hands-on experiences of computational methods as early as their sophomore year. They then further apply their math, biology and chemistry knowledge to 3D rendering and advanced simulations on a variety of systems, including organic/inorganic compounds and biomolecules in the integrated and advanced lab courses. We also offer a Molecular Modeling course that is available alternate years that mainly uses Linux-based molecular dynamics software.
  • Chromatography - High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC)
    This column chromatography system is used in our biochemistry and analytical lab courses to separate, identify and quantify compounds. This system is set up with three Waters 510 HPLC pumps, 600S Controller, 626 Pump, and a Waters 996 Photodiode Array Detector. It is also connected to a computer for data analysis.
  • Chromatography - Gas Liquid Chromatography (Gas Chromatography, GC)
    This gas chromatography system is used mainly in our organic lab courses as an analytical tool for the testing of the purity of compounds. It can also be used to separate out small amounts of material.
  • Spectroscopy Facility - Shimadzu IRAffinity-1(Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometer, FT-IR)
    Equipped with Analysis Support Programs, offers the highest S/N ratio in its class* (30,000:1, 1-minute accumulation, neighborhood of 2,100 cm-1, peak-to-peak), and a maximum resolution of 0.5 cm-1. This insturment is used by our faculty and students to measure the vibrational and stretching frequencies of a sample.
  • Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometer (GC-MS)
    Hewlett Packard 5890 Series II Gas Chromatograph, 5972 Series Mass Selective Detector, interfaced to Dell PC. This instrument combines the techinique of a gas chromatograph and a mass spectrometer to identify different substances in a sample by retention time.
  • Ultraviolet - Visable Spectrophotometer (UV-Vis)
    Hewlett Packard 8452A Diode Array Spectrophotometer; HP 89090 Temperature Controller, interfaced to Gateway 2000 P5-133 PC. This insturment is used in most of our lab courses to measure the absorption/transmission of a sample.
  • Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy (AA)
    The AA is used by our faculty and students as an analytical tool to measure the concentration of a particular metal element in a sample.