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Department of

Chemistry and Biochemistry


The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry occupies 27,000 sq. ft. of the Donald P. Shiley Center for Science and Technology which was built in 2003. Teaching laboratories are equipped with state-of-the-art fume hoods in which all experiments are performed. A $1 million grant from the Fletcher-Jones Foundation provided funding to purchase instrumentation and equipment for biochemical research now housed in the Center. In the new facility, each faculty member has 475 sq. ft. of well-equipped research space in a laboratory that accommodates 4-5 students and the PI. In addition, the department has a molecular modeling facility with 12 PC desktop; 12 Unix/Linux workstations; a server complete with molecular modeling software; and an eighteen dual-processor Xeon cluster for computational chemistry.

Whether enrolled in chemistry and biochemistry courses or engaged in collaborative research with faculty, our students have complete access to modern instrumentation including:

  • Photon Technologies and Jasco fluorimeters
  • Jasco circular dichroism spectropolarimeter
  • "3 double beam & 4 dual beam UV-Vis instruments¬†with temperature control, multi cell, and solid state¬†accessory (manufactured in 2012, 2011, 2008, 2003 & 1997)
  • Jasco UV-Vis/Near-IR spectrophotometer
  • Jasco FT-IR spectrometers with ATR attachments
  • "Varian Atomic absorption spectrometer, manufactured in 2010
  • Varian HPLC
  • "Bruker & ThermoElectron GCMS, manufactured in 2012 & 2003"
  • ThermoElectron LC-MS
  • Personal Chemistry microwave reactor
  • Varian Inova-500 and Mercury-400 NMR spectrometers
  • Laser laboratory
  • "Molecular Modeling facility: 12 UNIX / Linus workstations & 12 PC desktops"
  • BioRad Protein Purification Systems (2)
  • Jasco FPLC
  • "Bruker Xray diffractometer Apex II Dup, manufactured in 2011"

For a complete list of instrument holdings - click here.