The chemistry department features over 10,000 square feet of dynamic teaching and research laboratories. Students have the opportunity to use advanced, research-grade instrumentation in their instructional laboratories and when conducting research with faculty.

About Our Facilities

The home of the chemistry department at Colgate is Wynn Hall, which houses both instructional laboratories and laboratories dedicated to research by the department’s professors and students.

Student Access to Facilities

All research facilities are available to undergraduate student researchers. Students may also access the department’s computer lab, which houses 12 workstations equipped with software packages specifically suited for scientific data analysis, molecular graphics, and computational chemistry.


BrukerAvance 400 MHz NMR spectrometer
BrukerAvance 400 MHz NMR spectrometer

Used for providing detailed structural information on organic, bioorganic, and organometallic chemical samples, it features a variable temperature unit, automated sample changer, and 1H/13C and broadband multinuclear probes.

Oxford Diffraction Gemini R Ultra x-ray diffractometer
A student researcher adjusts the x-ray diffractometer

Used for protein and small molecule crystallography, it features dual-wavelength X-ray generators, a Kappa-geometry goniometer, and a cryojet capable of maintaining temperatures as low as 110 Kelvin.

Professor Mahendran Adaickapillai works with the Bruker Daltonics Autoflex MALDI-TOF mass spectrometer
Professor Mahendran Adaickapillai works with the Bruker Daltonics Autoflex MALDI-TOF mass spectrometer

Used for measuring the masses of higher molecular weight molecules such as proteins, peptides, and porphyrinoids.

Additional Instrumentation

Type Instrument Notes
Spectroscopy Agilent Cary 8454 UV-Vis Spectrometer
Bruker Alpha FT-IR spectrometer Transmission & ATR; four in the department
Bruker S2 Picofox TXRF spectrometer
Hi-Tech SF61DX2 double mixing stopped-flow spectrophotometer
Horiba FluoroMax Plus-C fluorometer 1. steady-state and lifetime measurements 2. ozone-free Xe lamp and 290-nm NanoLED pulsed source 3. FM4-Pol polarization accessory 4. rapid Peltier temperature controlled sample cell
Malvern Zetasizer Nano-S static and dynamic light-scattering spectrometer
Nicolet Magna 560 FT-IR spectrometer
Ocean Optics USB4000 UV-Vis spectrophotometer Three in the department
Perkin-Elmer Optima 3000 ICP-AE spectrometer
Shimadzu UV-160 UV-Visible-NIR spectrophotometer
Shimadzu RF-5301PC spectrofluorimeter
Thermo Scientific Nanodrop 2000C spectrophotometer
Separations PE Biosystems ABI 310 DNA sequencer Housed in the biology department
Amersham/Pharmacia AKTA FPLC and AKTA Prime systems
E-C Agarose Gel Electrophoresis System
Gel Transilluminator/Photo documentation system
Sorvall/Dupont Ultra 80 ultracentrifuge
Sorvall/Dupont RC5C+ high speed centrifuge
Shimadzu QP 2010 SE Quadrupole GC/MS with 150-position autosampler
Shimadzu GC-2030 GC/FID with 150-position autosampler
Agilent 1260 Infinity HPLC system Two in the department
Combiflash RF automated flash chromatography system coupled to Advion Expression electrospray mass spectrometer
Other Art Robbins Instruments Crystal Gryphon protein crystallization dropsetting robot
Art Robbins Instruments Scorpion protein crystallization screenmaker robot
BAS CV50W voltammetric analyzer
Bio-Rad T100 thermal cycler
Biospec BeadBeater
Gyromax 737 incubator/shaker
Heat System W385 sonicator
Hotpack 105065 walk-in cold room
ISC GeneMate thermal cyclers Two in the department
Labconco 75200 lyophilizer
MBraun solvent purification system
Olympus SZX-12 dissecting microscope With cold light source and polarizers
PQS Quantum Cube 8-processor parallel computer system