Facilities & Equipment


The main chemistry facilities are the Thompson Chemistry Laboratory, the Morley Science Laboratories, and the Hopper Science Center. These buildings house the instructional laboratories and classrooms as well as the offices and the research laboratories of the chemistry faculty.  The general chemistry stockrooms, environmental analysis labs, a greenhouse, and facilities for handling laboratory animals are also located in these buildings.  The Hopper Science Center also contains a student machine shop, an electronics shop, and the microscopy suite. The Schow Science Library is also a key resource for all of the sciences, and houses classrooms, study rooms, along with the science book and journal collection.

All instrumentation and other specialized apparatus are readily available for student use both in scheduled laboratory work and in independent research projects. The Department welcomes inquiries from interested students, either by mail or in person. If you wish to visit our facilities, please contact the department.


Instrumentation across the sciences is widely shared.  Some equipment has been purchased by the department and some by individual researchers, but typically equipment is made available for use by any faculty, students, or classes.

Instrumentation/major equipment owned by the Chemistry Department

    • Agilent 6230B ToF-MS with 1260 Series HPLC
    • Agilent 7890 GCMS (2)
    • BAS Potentiostat
    • Biotek HT synergy multimode microplate reader
    • Biotek Synergy H1 plate reader
    • Biotage Microwave Reactor
    • Bruker Avance III HD  500 MHz NMR with BBO (broadband) and TXI (triple resonance inverse) probes
    • Bruker Microflex MALDI-TOF, Bruker autoflex maX TOF/TOF
    • Bruker Esquire 1200 series HPLC with ELSD
    • HP/Agilent 5890 FID GC
    • Jasco J-815 CD with a Peak Scientific nitrogen generator
    • Jasco Fluorimeter
    • Jasco Polarimeter
    • Jasco V730 UV-Vis
    • Labconco Lyophilizer
    • Nicolet 6700 FTIR
    • Perkin Elmer Spectrum 2 FTIR with ATR attachment
    • Perkin Elmer LS-55 Spectrophotometer
    • Solvent Purification System
    • SRI TCD GC
    • Vernier UV-Vis (several)

Equipment in individual research labs

    • 2920 Modulated Differential Scanning Calorimeter (TA instruments)
    • Gel Permeation Chromatography instrument
    • Wyatt DynaPro NanoStar DLS
    • Glove boxes
    • Combiflash prep column chromatography systems  (3)
    • Isothermal Titration Calorimetry instrument
    • Jeol RE1X ESR
    • SRI 8610 GC-FID with purge and trap
    • TSI 3938 Scanning Mobility Particle Sizer (SMPS) with long DMA
    • 2B 205 Ozone monitor
    • 2B 405 NO2/NO/NOx monitor

Instrumentation/major equipment owned by the institution and available throughout the Science Center

    • Atomic Absorption Spectrometer
    • Ion  Chromatograph
    • Dionex ASE200 accelerated solvent extractor
    • Thermo Fisher scanning electron microscope with ESEM wet imaging capabilities & EDAX energy dispersive spectroscopy
    • JEOL 120kV transmission electron microscope
    • Nikon A1R HD – high definition resonant scanning confocal on a Ti2-E inverted microscope
    • Nikon Diaphot 300 inverted light microscope with CoolLED pE-300 fluorescence light source, DIC, and phase contrast.
    • Nikon Diaphot with HBO fluorescent light source
    • Nikon Eclipse TE 2000-S Confocal Inverted Microscope with a CoolLED pE-300 fluorescent light source.
    • Agilent 5420 atomic force microscope
    • Agilent 5500 atomic force microscope
    • Gaetner ellipsometer
    • Centrifuges
    • Machine shop
    • -80 °C freezers
    • Beckman Ultracentrifuge
    • BioRad Mini Opticon PCR, CFX-96 qPCR
    • Dako/Beckman Coulter CyAn ADP flow cytometer


Chemical Inventory

Learn about the Chemistry Department’s chemical inventories.