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Research Facilities

Glassblowing Shop

A professionally staffed facility to serve the needs of the university community for glass and quartz apparatus design, repair and construction. Read More »

Mass Spectrometry Facility

The department maintains a professionally staffed mass spectrometry facility available to all members of the university community. Currently operating instrumentation consists of a Bruker Autoflex III MALDI TOFMS instrument (NSF CRIF-MU #0840273), a Micromass AutoSpec M high-resolution magnetic sector MS with fast atom bombardment, desorption chemical ionization and electron impact capability, a Sciex API3000 triple quadrupole mass spectrometer equipped with both atmospheric pressure chemical ionization (APCI) and electrospray ionization (ESI) sources interfaced to a Perkin-Elmer series 200 High-Performance Liquid Chromatograph (HPLC) system, and a Varian Saturn 2000 Gas Chromatograph/Ion-Trap Mass Spectrometer system with both electron impact and chemical ionization capability. Samples may be submitted for analysis or users may be trained in operation of the instruments for use in long-term projects.

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Facility

The professionally staffed Chemistry Department NMR facility is equipped with 300MHz and 500MHz Varian Unity Inova NMR systems; both instruments have multi-nuclear capability. The probe on the 500 MHz instrument is a cryogenically cooled triple resonance model (1H {13C/15N}) suitable for protein analysis.

Instrumental Analytical Laboratory

The Chemistry Department Analytical Instrumentation Laboratory is equipped with the usual array of open-access chemical analysis instrumentation, including: two Perkin-Elmer (PE) Spectrum One Fourier-transform infrared absorption spectrometers, each with a universal diamond ATR accessory, a PE Lambda-35 UV/visible spectrometer, a PE Lambda-950 UV/visible/NIR spectrometer equipped with a Labsphere, Inc., 60mm diameter diffuse-reflectance integrating sphere, a PE model 343 polarimeter, a PE LS55B Luminescence spectrometer, a PE Clarus 500 capillary-column GC with dual FID detectors, a Clarus 500 capillary-column GC/MS system with positive ion electron impact capability and a PE HS16 Turbomatrix Headspace Sampler, a PE Series 200 Quaternary HPLC development system with a UV/visible photodiode array detector, a PE series 200 binary HPLC system coupled to a recently donated Sciex AP2000 triple-quadrupole MS system, a PE series 2000 binary Gel Permeation Chromatography (GPC) system with refractive index detector, and a Varian AA240FS flame atomic absorption spectrometer equipped with a GTA-120 graphite-furnace accessory.

Other Departmental Facilities

The department maintains a small desktop molecular modeling facility running Hyperchem and the Schrodinger Suite (Maestro, Bioluminate, etc...).

Full-time technical support includes two departmental electronic instrumentation specialist, a laboratory manager and two laboratory technicians. A university-wide machine shop and college-based electronics shop are also available.