Chemical Instrumentation

The Department of Chemistry maintains a full compliment of modern chemical instrumentation. Our undergraduate students gain hands-on experience with some of these instruments in laboratory courses including the nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer, infrared spectrometer, spectrophotometer, HPLC, PCR, etc. Senior students working on senior research projects may have the opportunity to use other instruments otherwise not introduced in teaching labs. Faculty also use the instrumentation to support their research.

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectrometer

Mass Spectrometry

Applications include: Separation and quantification of aqueous and organic samples utilizing multiple ionization techniques

  • Agilent 6070A LC-MS/MS with Agilent Jet Stream ESI and APCI sources and 1290 Infinity II UHPLC
  • Agilent 6020B LC-TOF-MS with Agilent Jet Stream ESI and APCI sources and 1290 Infinity II UHPLC
  • Agilent 7010B GC-MS/MS with High Efficiency EI Source and 8890 GC
  • Agilent 5977B GC-MS with Inert Plus EI and CI sources, 8890 GC, and 7697A Headspace Sampler
  • Agilent 5973 GC-MS with Inert EI source and Varian/Teledyne Tekmar Velocity XPT purge and trap sampler


Applications include: Separation, purification, and quantification of aqueous and organic samples

  • Agilent 1260 Infinity II HPLC with UV/Vis detector
  • (3) Agilent 1100 series HPLC with UV/Vis detector
  • Agilent 8890 GC with FID and ECD detectors and 7697A Headspace Sampler
  • Metrohm 930 IC for anion chromatography
  • Yamazen Akros SmartFlash MPLC

Molecular Spectroscopy

Applications include: inorganic and organic molecular analysis

  • Agilent Cary 630 FTIR with diamond ATR
  • Agilent Cary 8454 UV/Vis with diode array detector, kinetics software, and temperature controlled cell
  • Molecular Devices SpectraMax M2 UV/Vis cuvette/microplate reader with fluorescence and luminescence capabilities
  • Seal Analytical AQ-1 discreet colorimetric analyzer
  • Shimadzu BioSpec-nano microvolume UV/Vis with diode array detector
  • Numerous Spec-20, Vernier Spectro-Vis Plus, and Ocean Optics educational grade spectrophotometers available for check out

Atomic Spectroscopy

Applications include: elemental composition and trace analysis

  • Agilent 7800 ICP-MS with He/H2 mode collision reaction cell and O2 plasma addition
  • Agilent 4200 MP-AES with external gas control module for N2 spectrophotometer purge and O2 plasma addition

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectrometer (NMR)

Applications include: Structural determination of organic compounds, kinetic experiments.

  • Bruker Ascend Aeon 400 MHz NMR Spectrometer
  • Multinuclear probe with automatic tuning
  • Automatic 24 position sample changer
  • All 1-D and 2-D experiments can be fully automated

How an NMR Works

PCR/Nucleic Acid Amplification & Quantification

Applications include: amplification and quantification of DNA for environmental monitoring such as E. coli and Covid-19.

  • (2) Applied Biosystems Step One Plus qPCR
  • BioRad Droplet Digital PCR with Automated Droplet Generator
  • Applied Biosystems thermocycler
  • Streck Philisa rapid thermocycler
  • Biospec Nano


Applications include: Measurement of ions in and redox properties of solutions analysis

  • BASi Potentiostat with 3 electrode cell
  • Various potentiometers and ion selective electrodes, available for check out