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Research: Facilities and Equipment

Cutting-edge labs and instruments support our research program

Our extensive research laboratories are located in DeVries Hall, which offers over 60,000 square feet of research and faculty office space. DeVries Hall, built in 1999, has up-to-date facilities and has dedicated lab space for each of our faculty members.

In addition to our DeVries Hall laboratories, our 4,450 square foot Integrated Scientific Research Experimental Laboratory, known as ISRx, was occupied in the spring of 2011. ISRx is a research lab where students and faculty from chemistry, biology, physics and computer science share space, equipment and work together. Read more »



Cary 100 Ultraviolet-Visible Spectrophotometer

Measuring light absorption (color)

400-MHz Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Spectrometer
(Varian Unity 400)

Determining the connectivity of molecules

Seven Liquid Chromatography Systems
(Agilent 1100 Series, including Diode Array detector and Fluorescent detector)

Separating mixtures

Scanning Probe Microscope System
(Digital Instruments Nanoscope IIIa)

Imaging surfaces and molecules on surfaces

Innolas Spitlight 600 YAG laser and Radiant Dyes NarrowScan dye laser

Light activated chemical reactions

Luminescence Spectrometer
(Aminco-Bowman Series 2)

Measuring fluorescence and luminescence

Ion Chromatograph
(Dionex DX500, Dionex Corporation)

Separating mixtures containing ions

FT-Infrared Spectrometer
(Nicolet Protege 460)

Identifying functional groups on molecules

ACEM Thermal Desorption System
(Dynatherm Corporation)

Detecting substances in air samples

Magnetic Susceptibility Balance
(Johnson Matthey, MSB-1)

Measuring the magnetic properties of compounds

Thermal Gravimetric Analyzer and Differential Scanning Calorimeter (TA Instruments)

Measuring thermal responses of substances and mixtures

(Jasco DIP-1000)

Measuring the optical activity of a liquid

FT-Infrared Spectrophotometer
(Perkin-Elmer Spectrum RX)

Identifying functional groups on molecules

Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry System(Varian Saturn 2200)

Separating and identifying gas and liquid solutions

Two Atomic Absorption Spectrometers
(Varian SpectrAA-800, flame, and 80OZ, Graphite Furnace)

Finding trace amounts of elements in solutions

Liquid scintillation counter (Beckman LS6500)

Measuring radioactively labeled materials

Gas chromatography
(2 Varian CP3900 and 1 Agilent 6850)

Routine separation of liquid mixtures

Service Learning

Minor in Biochemistry

Minor in Chemistry