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.

Vicky Yang '22 operates the Bruker Daltonics Autoflex MALDI-TOF mass spectrometer
Vicky Yang '22 operates 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 8453 UV-Vis spectrophotometer  
Agilent Cary 60 UV-Vis spectrophotometer Quantum Northwest qX2 temperature-controlled cuvette holder
Agilent Cary 8454 spectrophotometer  
Bruker Alpha FT-IR spectrometer Transmission & ATR; four in the department
Burker Avance 400 MHz NMR spectrometer with 24 position autosampler
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  
Thermo Scientific Nicolet 6700 FT-IR spectrometer  
Ocean Optics USB4000 UV-Vis spectrophotometer Three in the department
Oxford Diffraction Gemini R Ultra X-ray diffractometer copper and molybdenum sealed-tube X-ray sources, cryojet, and liquid nitrogen auto-fill system
Perkin-Elmer Optima 3000 ICP-AE spectrometer  
Rudolph Autopol polarimeter I  
Shimadzu UV-160 UV-Visible-NIR spectrophotometer  
Shimadzu RF-5301PC spectrofluorimeter  
Tecan Infinite M Nano+ dual-mode microplate reader with monochromator optics  
Thermo Scientific Nanodrop 2000C spectrophotometer  
Separations ABI multicapillary automated DNA sequencer Housed in the biology department
Agilent 1260 Infinity HPLC system Three in the department
Amersham/Pharmacia AKTA FPLC and AKTA Prime systems  
Bio-Rad gel electrophoresis systems  
Biotage Selekt Enkel flash chromatography system  
Combiflash RF automated flash chromatography system  
Eppendorf 5804R centrifuge  
Gel Transilluminator/Photo documentation system  
Shimadzu GC-2030 GC/FID with 150-position autosampler  
Shimadzu QP 2010 SE Quadrupole GC/MS with 150-position autosampler  
Sorvall/Dupont Ultra 80 ultracentrifuge  
Sorvall LYNX 4000 superspeed centrifuge  
Tissue Culture Eppendorf 5702 centrifuge  
Eppendorf CellXpert C170i incubator  
Thermo Scientific CryoPlus 1 auto-fill cryogenic storage system  
Thermo Scientific 1300 series class II, type A2 biological safety cabinet  
Agilent LC/MSD iQ mass spectrometer  
Bio-Rad T100 thermal cycler  
Biospec BeadBeater  
Bruker Daltonics Autoflex MALDI-TOF mass spectrometer  
Eppendorf Eporator electroporation instrument  
Eppendorf Vacufuge plus  
Fisherbrand Model 705 sonic dismembrator  
Gyromax 737 incubator/shaker  
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