Chemistry Department Facilities and Instrumentation

The Chemistry Department is located in Seeley G. Mudd Hall of Science, which has been its home since 1975. A 1997 renovation of the building added additional space for instrumentation and laboratories dedicated to student-faculty research.

An extensive collection of monographs and journals that support teaching and research in chemistry is located in the Laurence McKinley Gould Library. In addition, the library maintains multiple online resources for research in the chemical sciences including SciFinder Scholar and electronic journal access.

The following equipment and instrumentation is available for coursework and research. Instruments which are used primarily or exclusively within a specific research group are indicated.

NMR Spectrometer

  • Bruker Avance III HD 400 MHz High Performance Digital NMR Spectrometer

X-ray Diffraction

  • PANalytical Empyrean X-Ray Powder Diffractometer

Mass Spectrometers

  • Shimadzu QP-5000 GC/MS with EI/CI and with direct insertion probe
  • Thermo LTQ Velos-Pro Linear Ion-Trap Mass Spectrometer with dedicated microcolumn HPLC
  • Thermo iCap Qc Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometer (ICP-MS) (shared with Geology Department and Environmental Studies Program)
  • Reflectron Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometer with Laser Ionization (WH Research)
  • Aerosol Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometers (2) (TSI, Inc. Model 3800) (DG Research)

High Performance Liquid Chromatography

  • Shimadzu SCL-10A High Pressure Liquid Chromatograph with Autosampler and Diode Array and Fluorescence detectors
  • ISCO Model 2350 Preparatory High Pressure Liquid Chromatograph (DA Research)
  • Waters Breeze HPLC system, with refractive index detector, equipped with columns for doing size exclusion chromatography (GH Research)

Gas Chromatography

  • Four Shimadzu GC-14A Capillary Gas Chromatographs with Flame Ionization Detector
  • Two Shimadzu GC-14A Capillary Gas Chromatographs with dual Flame Ionization Detector and Electron Capture Detector

UV-Visible Spectrometers

  • Four Hewlett-Packard Model 8452A Diode Array Spectrometers
  • Three Hewlett-Packard Model 8453 Diode Array Spectrometers
  • Eight Ocean Optics fiber-optic based modular UV-Vis instruments with CCD Detectors
  • Thermo-Electron Evolution 300 double-beam UV-VIS spectrometer with Photodiode Detector

Infrared Spectrometers and Ancillary Equipment

  • Mattson Model 4020 Galaxy Series FTIR Spectrometer
  • Nicolet iS5 FTIR Spectrometer with transmission (iD1) and Attenuated Total Reflectance (iD5) capabilities
  • Nicolet iS10 FTIR Spectrometer with transmission (Smart OMNI Transmission), Attenuated Total Reflectance (Smart iTR), and purge (Purge Pneumatics) capabilities
  • Carver Model 3393 Laboratory Press
  • Nicolet Magna 550 FT-NIR spectrometer

Other Spectrometers

  • Aminco Bowman Series 2 Luminescence Spectrometer
  • Perkin Elmer AAnalyst 100 Atomic Absorption Spectrometer
  • Ocean Optics Fluorescence CCD Detector and LED Light Source (SD Research)

Lasers and Associated Equipment

Laser Teaching Facility:

  • Continuum Minilite II (1064, 532, 355, 266 nm) YAG Laser
  • Dakota Technologies Northern Lights Dye Laser
  • Tektronix TDS 3032 Digital Oscilloscope
  • Oriel Helium Neon Gas Laser
  • Melles Griot Helium Neon Gas Laser
  • Spex 270M Monochrometer
  • Inrad Autotracker III Frequency Doubler
  • Three Textronix TDS 1002 digital oscilloscopes
  • Laser experiment hardware (mounting hardware, lenses, beam splitters, holders, posts, clamps, cuvette holders)
  • Oriel Scanning Monochromator
  • Lumonics Hyperdye 300 Laser (WH Research)

Magnetic Susceptibility

  • Johnson Matthey Mark II Magnetic Susceptibility Balance

Biochemical Instrumentation

  • FRENCH Pressure Cell Press (JC Research)
  • Eppendorf 5810R Refrigerated Benchtop Centrifuge (JC Research)
  • New Brunswick Scientific C24 Benchtop Incubator/Shaker (JC Research)
  • Millipore Milli-Q Synthesis Water Purification System (JC Research)
  • Eppendorf Mastercycler Personal Themocycler (JC Research)
  • Canon/Fotodyne Photodocumentation system (JC Research)
  • Kodak ImageStation 2000R for fluorescent and chemiluminescent imaging (shared with Biology Department)
  • GE Storm 820 Phosphorimager (shared with Biology Department)
  • Beckman Coulter LS 6500 Scintillation Counter (shared with Biology Department)
  • Sorvall Legend XTR Refrigerated Benchtop Centrifuge (CC Research)
  • Nanodrop Lite Spectrophotometer for DNA/protein quantification (CC Research)
  • Bio-rad GelDoc EZ Gel Documentation System (CC Research)
  • New Brunswick Innova 42R Refrigerated Shaker/Incubator (CC Research)
  • Fisher Scientific Isotemp Incubator (CC Research)
  • GE Life Sciences Akta Purifier FPLC with Fraction Collector (CC Research)
  • Bio-rad T100 Thermal Cycler (CC Research)

Inert Atmosphere Work

  • Four Ace-Burlitch (Adapted) Inert Atmosphere Schlenk Lines: Dual Vacuum/Argon Gas Manifolds with Sargent Welch Model 1400 DuoSeal Vacuum Pumps
  • Two Schlenk Lines: Dual Vacuum/Argon Gas Manifold with a Sargent Welch Model 1405 DuoSeal Vacuum Pump
  • Ace Dual Vacuum/Gas Manifold with a Welch Model 1405 Vacuum Pump (DA Research)
  • Two custom dual vacuum/argon gas manifolds with Welch DuoSeal 1400 vacuum pumps (GH research)
  • Two custom dual vacuum/argon gas manifolds with Welch DuoSeal 1402 vacuum pumps (MW research)
  • MBraun Unilab 2000 glove box, equipped with 2 vacuum pumps and a -35°C freezer (MW research)
  • MBraun 1450 ECO-mode smart glove box, equipped with 2 vacuum pumps, cold well, -35°C freezer, and electrochemical feedthroughs (MW research)
  • Glass Contour 5-Solvent Purification System

Lyophilization and Rotoevaporation

  • Virtis BenchTop 3L Lyophillizer
  • Buchi B481 Rotary Evaporator with Temperature Bath
  • Two Wheaton Micro Evaporators
  • Buchi R-124 Rotary Evaporator with temperature bath (GH Research)
  • One Wheaton Rotary Evaporator (DA Research)
  • Buchi R-210 rotary evaporator (MW research)

Electrochemical Equipment

  • BASi Epsilon Electrochemical Workstation
  • BAS CV-50W voltammetric analyzer (SD Research)
  • BAS CV-1B cyclic voltammograph (SD Research)
  • PAR 371 potentiostat-galvanostat (SD Research)
  • PAR 379 digital coulometer (SD Research)
  • EI-400 microelectrode potentiostat (SD Research)

Air Sampling Equipment

  • Li-COR 6252 CO2 analyzer with battery charger and data logger
  • 5 SKC, Inc. Airchek 52 Sampling Pumps (5 mL/min - 3 L/min) with battery charger, filter cassette holders, constant pressure adapters, and cyclones (for PM and gas-phase samples)
  • TSI 3080L Electrostatic Classifier (DMA) for particle size selection (DG Research)
  • DustTrak DRX Portable Particle Sampler


  • Eight Mettler AE 260 Electronic Balances
  • Eight Metler AB204 Electronic Balances
  • Mettler AG 204 Electronic Balance
  • Mettler AE 163 Electronic Balance
  • Two Ohaus 300 Top Loading Balances
  • Ohaus Adenturer Pro Top Loading Balance
  • Ohaus E400 Top Loading Balance
  • Ohaus Explorer Pro Top Loading Balance
  • Six American Scientific Products TR-403 410G Top Loading Balances
  • Four Mettler ML204/03 Electronic Balances
  • Mettler AB204-S Electronic Balance
  • Mettler AE163 Electronic Balance
  • Mettler AG204 Electronic Balance
  • Mettler EL204 Electronic Balance
  • Mettler ML802E/03 Top Loading Balance
  • Mettler PJ360 Top Loading Balance
  • Sartorius M-prove Top Loading Balance
  • Sartorium M-power Top Loading Balance


  • Custom vacuum apparatus for gas viscosity experiments
  • Bransonic 42 Sonicator                                                           
  • Five Mel-Temp Melting Point Devices                        
  • Four Mel-Temp II Melting Point Devices
  • NesLab Model RTE Constant Temperature Bath                    
  • Two Polysciences Model 1136 Temperature Bath Controllers
  • Fisher Isotemp 145 Dry Temperature Bath                 
  • Walk-in Cold Room
  • Multiple Model 640 pH Meters and Electrodes
  • Denver Instruments Model 215 pH Meter
  • Assorted Ion Selective Electrodes
  • Two Isco Retriever II autosamplers (DA Research)
  • Polarimeters (several)
  • Refractometer
  • Microscopes (several)
  • Bomb calorimeter
  • Solution calorimeter

Supported Software

  • Software for Computational Chemistry and Molecular Modeling
  • Visualizing Molecular Dynamics (VMD)
    • Spartan
    • Amber 8
    • Tinker
    • Gaussian 03
    • ChemDraw
    • LabVIEW
    • MestReNova (Work-up of NMR data)
  • EXCEED (Varian Software for work up of NMR data and communication with the Varian Unity Plus NMR Spectrometer) 
    • Mathematica
    • Stella
    • CCDC (Xray crystal structure database)

Computers for Student or Laboratory Use

  • Eighteen Windows laptop computers for general computing use in teaching laboratories
  • Eight Windows data acquisition workstations for work in analytical chemistry
  • One Vernier LabQuest mini with a variety of probes
  • Mudd Hall ITS supported computer room with seven dual boot iMac workstations
  • Two iMac workstations for use in the Organic Chemistry Lab
  • One Windows data acquisition workstation for the Laser Teaching Facility