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Chemistry Facilities and Resources

Our department includes over 10,000 square feet of state-of-the-art teaching and research laboratories. Access to these incredible resources allows us to stay on the cutting edge of chemistry teaching and research.
Students working with the Bruker Avance 400 MHz nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer.

Laboratory Space

As a department, chemistry is located in Wynn Hall (campus map). The building has over 10,000 square feet of laboratory space. This space is divided almost evenly into teaching laboratories and student-faculty research laboratories.

In addition to communal research laboratory space, each faculty member has his/her own personal research laboratory.

All of our research facilities are available to our undergraduate students. Students also have access to a departmental computing center, which houses five fully networked modern microcomputers equipped with software packages specifically suited for scientific data analysis, molecular graphics, and science report preparation.

Major Instrumentation

We are exceptionally well-equipped for both teaching and research in chemistry and biochemistry. Listed below are major instruments housed in our facilities, including our dual-beam X-ray diffractometer, one of only two instruments in the nation at a primarily undergraduate institution (more about the x-ray diffractometer).


  • Bruker Daltonics Autoflex MALDI-TOF mass spectrometer
  • Ocean Optics USB4000 UV-Vis spectrophotometer (3 total in department)
  • BrukerAvance 400 MHz NMR spectrometer with variable temperature unit, sample changer, 1H/13C and broadband multinuclear probes
  • Bruker Alpha FT-IR spectrometer (transmission & ATR, 2 total in department)
  • Bruker S2 Picofox TXRF spectrometer
  • Nicolet Magna 560 FT-IR spectrometer
  • Perkin-Elmer Optima 3000 ICP-AE spectrometer
  • Shimadzu UV-160 UV-Visible-NIR spectrophotometer
  • Shimadzu RF-5301PC spectrofluorimeter
  • Malvern Zetasizer Nano-S static and dynamic light scattering spectrometer
  • Thermo Scientific Nanodrop 2000C spectrophotometer


  • Oxford Diffraction Gemini R Ultra X-ray diffractometer (protein and small molecule crystallography) with cryojet and autofill system.
  • Art Robbins Instruments Crystal Gryphon protein crystallization dropsetting robot
  • Art Robbins Instruments Scorpion protein crystallization screenmaker robot
  • PQS Quantum Cube 8-processor parallel computer system
  • Labconco 75200 lyophilizer
  • Hi-Tech SF61DX2 double mixing stopped-flow spectrophotometer
  • Hotpack 105065 walk-in cold room
  • MBraun solvent purification system
  • Heat System W385 sonicator
  • Olympus SZX-12 dissecting microscope with cold light source and polarizers
  • ISC GeneMate thermal cyclers (2)
  • Gyromax 737 incubator/shaker
  • Biospec BeadBeater
  • BAS CV50W voltammetric analyzer
  • Linux computing workstations, X-ray crystallography (5 total)


  • PE Biosystems ABI 310 DNA sequencer (housed in Biology)
  • Amersham/Pharmacia AKTA FPLC and AKTA Prime systems
  • E-C Agarose Gel Electrophoresis System
  • Gel Transilluminator/Photo documentation system
  • Waters 840LC high performance liquid chromatograph
  • Sorvall/Dupont Ultra 80 ultracentrifuge
  • Sorvall/Dupont RC5C+ high speed centrifuge
  • Hewlett-Packard HP5890E gas chromatograph
  • Fisher 1200 gas chromatograph
  • Varian Saturn 2200 ion-trap GC/MS with autosampler and chromatoprobe
  • Hewlett-Packard 1050 high pressure liquid chromatograph with autosampler