The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is well equipped to do state-of-the-art research and major equipment is listed below.

Chromatography Instrumentation


  • Beckman Coulter MDQ Capillary Electrophoresis with Diode Array Detection and Sample Cooling Stage
  • Agilent 1100 Gradient Liquid Chromatograph with Diode Array Detection
  • Dionex DX-500 Gradient Liquid Chromatograph
  • Dionex DX-100 Ion Chromatograph
  • Rainin HP Gradient Liquid Chromatograph
  • Rainin HP Isocratic Liquid Chromatograph
  • HP 5890 Gas Chromatograph
  • Waters 6000 Isocratic Liquid Chromatograph
  • HP 5890/5970 Gas Chromatograph/Mass Spectrometer
  • Shimazu Gas Chromatographs (Two)
  • Shimazu GC-17A/QP5000 Gas Chromatograph/Mass Spectrometer
  • Varian Gradient Liquid Chromatography




  • Laser Photonics L5830 Tunable Diode Laser Spectrometer
  • Olis RSM 1000 UV-Visible Stopped-Flow Spectrometer
  • Varian 400 MHz NMR with Multi-Nuclear Capabilities
  • Nicolet Avatar E.S.P. FT-IR Spectrometer
  • HP 8453 UV-Visible Spectrometer
  • Perkin Elmer 2380 Atomic Absorption Spectrometer
  • Perkin Elmer P2000 Inductively-Coupled Plasma Atomic Emission Spectrometer
  • Tecan Safire Dual Monochrometer Fluorescence/Absorbance Plate Reader (X2)
  • Varian 500 Ion Trap Liquid Chromatograph-Mass Spectrometer (LC-MS)

Electrochemical Instrumentation


  • HP 4194a Impedance/Gain Phase Analyzer
  • Solartron 1260A Impedance Analyzer with 1296A Dielectric Interface
  • Maccor 2300 Battery Test System
  • Molecular Imaging Picostat Potentiostat
  • Gamery Potentiostat with Cyclic Voltammetry and A.C. Impedance Spectroscopy Capabilites
  • Two PAR 273 Potentiostats


Calorimetery Systems


  • Parr Solution and Bomb Calorimeters
  • Mettler Thermal Analysis System: DSC, High-Pressure DSC, DMA, TGA


Surface Chemistry Instrumentation


  • Quantochrome Autosorb 1 Surface Area and Porosity Analyzer
  • Elchema EQCN-701 Quartz Crystal Nanobalance
  • Dynamic Wilhelmy Plate Device - Computer Interfaced
  • Spinning Drop Interfacial Tensiometer
  • Laser Z Meter Zeta Potential Analyzer
  • Maximum Bubble Pressure Surface Tension Apparatus

Chemical Synthesis


  • Tecan Genesis RSP 100 Combinatorial synthesizer
  • Braun Glovebox
  • Vacuum Glovebox
  • Vacuum Line Systems


Microscopy Instrumentation


  • Nanoscope IIIa Atomic Force Microscope 160 x 160 mm Scan Range
  • Molecular Imaging Picoscan Atomic Force/Scanning Tunneling Microscope with Electrochemical , Inert
  • Atmosphere and MAC Mode capabilities

Miscellaneous Instrumentation


  • Queoy Balance
  • Omni RT Centrifuge

Computer Resources


  • Student access to the 71 PCs in the Keplinger Hall Computer Rooms (Rooms L1, L2, M7 in Keplinger Hall)
  • Four Pentiums Dedicated for Physical Chemistry Laboratory Use and for Chemistry and Biochemistry Student Use
    A Dual Pentium Xenon Workstation
  • Numerous computers in faculty research labs
  • Spartan 02 molecular Modeling Program. Thirty-site license is held so that 30 students can use the program simultaneously on the computers in Keplinger Hall rooms L1, L2 and M7, as well as in the physical chemistry laboratory.
  • Materials Studio Molecular Dynamics Program capable of computations involving large biological molecules, polymers and crystalline materials.