The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry prides itself on maintaining a wide range of updated equipment - the same type of equipment that our students will see when they go on to graduate school or start their first job.

Beginning in CHM 305 (organic chemistry I), all students begin to gain hands-on experience with our instrumentation, and analyze the data that they generate. This experience is highly sought after by companies who are looking to hire someone straight out of college, and is a great benefit to talk about on your graduate school applications.

Please feel free to browse our major instruments in the list below. In addition to the items listed, most faculty have a dedicated instrument or two in their laboratories, which were purchased utilizing their research funding.

Spectroscopy Instruments

  • NMR:
    • Bruker-Biospin Avance 300
  • CD:
    • Applied Photophysics Chirascan
  • UV-Vis:
    • Perkin Elmer Lambda-800
    • Perkin Elmer Lambda-3B
  • Visible:
    • Thermo Spectronic 20 (x6)
  • IR:
    • Thermo Nicolet 380 FTIR, with diamond ATR accessory
    • Mattson Genesis FTIR with diffuse reflectance accessory
  • Fluorescence:
    • Perkin Elmer LS-55
    • Horiba SPEX Fluorolog 3, with Tau-3 module
  • Atomic absorption:
    • GBC 932 atomic absorption spectrometer
  • EPR:
    • MicroNow 8100A X-band

Chromatographs (all of these have autosamplers)

  • GC
    • Agilent 7890 FID-GC
    • Agilent 6890 FID-GC
  • HPLC
    • Shimadzu 20-AT with UV-Vis detector
  • GC-MS:
    • Agilent 7890 GC with 5975C MSD, EI or CI

Property Measurement

  • Anton Paar vibrating U-tube densitometer
  • Anton Paar AMVn rolling ball microviscometer
  • Pocketdyne dynamic bubble pressure tensiometer
  • Anton Paar bomb calorimeter


  • Accumet BAS AB30 conductivity meter
  • Denver Instruments Karl Fischer titrator
  • PINE Electrochemical system (CV, RDE, potentiometry, etc)
  • Princeton Scientific coulometry system


  • Fisher Accuspin 400 benchtop centrifuge
  • Thermo Sorvall RC6+ Superspeed refrigerated centrifuge