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 on-line 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 9CC 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)


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