Our modern classroom/laboratory building was occupied in 2001 and is especially designed and equipped for undergraduate instruction and research projects. The chemistry faculty believes strongly in the educational merit of laboratory experiences and our laboratories are well-equipped for undergraduate instruction.

About the Chemistry Hall

  • 100 seat Natural Sciences Auditorium for campus events
  • Three general chemistry labs, with specially designed benches for individual and group work centered around computer stations
  • 1600 sq. ft. organic chemistry teaching lab, with individual student stations in fume hoods, ventilated central instrument stations
  • 2500 sq. ft. chemical synthesis suite, with controlled atmosphere facility, 270 MHz NMR lab, GC/MS, IR, chromatography and other instrument support
  • 2200 sq. ft. chemical analysis suite, including FTIR, atomic absorption, gas and liquid chromatographies
  • Adjacent to modern biochemistry and laser-based bioanalytical undergraduate research labs funded by the National Science Foundation and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute
  • Physical measurements suite featuring molecular modeling, laser chemistry, and time-of-flight mass spectrometry
  • Centralized storeroom facility with chemical vault
  • 450 sq. ft. study room and several public study spaces
  • 12 faculty offices and conference room

The small class size and excellent instrumentation allow students opportunities to become familiar with instruments often reserved for graduate students in large institutions. The department has equipment rivaling that of institutions several times its size.

Departmental Instruments


  • Ocean Optics USB 2000+ Fiber optically coupled Fluorescence spectrometer with PX-2 pulsed Xenon source and MonoScan 2000 monochromator
  • Ocean Optics Red Tide UV-VIS (4)
  • Vernier VIS spectrometer (6)
  • Nicolet 520 FTIR
  • Thermo AVATAR FTIR with ATR attachment
  • Thermo Nicolet iS10 FTIR with ATR attachment (2)
  • SII 440 (UV-VIS) (8)
  • HP 8453 (UV-VIS) (1)
  • Varian SpectrAA 220 (AA)
  • ISS-K2 Phase/Modulation Fluorescence Spectrophotometer
  • DeltaNu Raman Spectrophotometer


  • Beckman CP Electrophoresis
  • BASI epsilon digital potentiostat with C3 cell stand
  • Cypress Systems Digital Potentiostat

Chromatography & Separations

  • Agilent 1100 Quaternary Gradient Liquid Chromotograph (HPLC) with diode-array detection and model 1260 Refractive Index detection; also equipped with model 1100 temperature controlled column compartment
  • Agilent 1100 series binary gradient liquid chromatography (HPLC) with variable wavelength UV detection and autosampler
    Hewlett-Packard 1100 Quaternary Gradient Liquid Chromotograph (HPLC) with diode-array and fluorescence detection
  • ABI 270A Capillary Electrophoresis
  • Varian 3800 GC-MS (model 2200 MS)
  • Aerograph Autoprep A700 (Preparative GC)
  • Beckman Refrigerated High Speed Centrifuge J2-21
  • Kontes Spinning Band Distillation Column
  • Chromatography Refrigerator
  • Slab Gel Electrophoresis

Magnetic Resonance

  • JEOL ESX-400 FT-Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectrometer with 24-slot sample changer, auto-tune heteronuclear probe and variable temperature capabilities.


  • Hanovia Medium Pressure Quartz Immersion Photochemical Reactors (2)
  • Low Vacuum Preparative Lines (3), Schlenk Lines (5)
  • Parr Hydrogenation Apparatus, Parr High Pressure Mini-Reactor
  • Labconco 50004 Controlled Atmosphere Glove Box
  • Vacuum Controlled Atmosphere Facility


  • NRG Nitrogen Laser, PTI 2300 Nitrogen Laser
  • Molectron UV-12 Nitrogen Laser
  • Molectron DL-14P Tunable Dye Laser
  • Omnichrome HeCd Laser
  • Potomac Photonics Waveguide Excimer Laser
  • TAC II 215 Carbon Dioxide Laser
  • PHR 162/164 Boxcar Integrator
  • Optical Table (2)
  • Tektronix 2440 Digital Storage Oscilloscope (2)
  • Hewlett Packard 54502 Digital Storage Oscilloscope
  • Laser Precision 7100 Energy Meter
  • Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometer