Chemistry & Biochemistry


The Euler Science Complex contains many innovative features, including a 1,064 square foot chemical instrumentation laboratory. Each lab is equipped with instruments for each student. For example, each organic lab student has a bench-top hood. Chemistry majors have multiple opportunities for hands-on experience through coursework and collaborative research projects. All chemistry instruments meet the American Chemistry Society’s (ACS) undergraduate instrumentation standards.

State-of-the-art equipment


Instruments for separating and purifying complex mixtures

  • 2 x Gas Chromatographs (GCMS): for determining the mass of organic compounds
  • 2 x High Performance Liquid Chromatograph (HPLC): for the analysis of aqueous mixtures


Instruments that use parts of the electromagnetic spectrum to identify and/or quantify compounds

  • Fluorescence Spectroscopy: for identifying/quantifying compounds
  • Fourier Transform-Infrared Spectrometer (FTIR): for identifying organic compounds
  • Fourier Transform-Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectrometer (FT-NMR): for determining molecular structures
  • Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy (AAS): for quantifying metal ion concentrations
  • UV Visible Spectroscopy: for identifying and quantifying compounds


Instruments that measure physical properties of compounds for identification, quantitation, and characterization

  • Matrix-Assisted Laser Desorption/Ionization Mass Spectrometry (MALDI-MS): for determining the mass of large biopolymers (i.e. proteins, nucleotides, carbohydrates) in the solid phase
  • Liquid Chromatography-Electrospray Ionization Mass Spectrometry (LCMS): for determining the mass of organic compounds and biopolymers in solution


Instruments that measure thermodynamic properties

  • Thermogravimetric Analyzer/Differential Scanning Calorimeter (TGA/DSC): for characterizing the thermodynamic properties
  • Calorimeter – for determining heat of reactions in solutions

Modern instrumentation includes:

  • Cary 300 Double Beam UV-Vis Spectrophotometer
  • Cary Eclipse Fluorescence Spectrometer
  • Thermo Electron iCE 3300 AA Spectrometer with Autosampler
  • Thermo Finnigan LCQ Deca Plus Mass Spectrometer
  • Thermo Finnigan LCQ Deca Mass Spectrometer with MassTech MALDI
  • Two Agilent 1100 HPLC Systems; one connected to the LCQ Deca Plus
  • TA Instruments Q600 SDT Simultaneous DSC-TGA
  • Varian Saturn 2000 Mass Spectrometer/CP-3800 Gas Chromatograph
  • Nicolet 6700 Fourier Transfer Infrared Spectrometer
  • Anasazi Wide Band Multinuclear EFT-90 Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectrometer
  • Metrohm Ion Chromatograph
  • Pine Bipotentiostat Electrochemistry Station
  • Johnson Matthey Mark II Magnetic Susceptibility Balance