An integral component of the chemistry curriculum is the students' "hands on" experience using the many available instrumental methods for analysis of chemical samples within the department. This experience offers students an unusual preparation for careers in the chemical industry and/or continued studies in chemistry. After receiving instruction in the proper operation of an instrument, generally a student may use it whenever needed.

chemistry lab


The university has available for its undergraduate students a considerable array of up-to-date instrumentation. Major equipment includes:

  • Hewlett-Packard 8453 Diode Array UV-Visible Spectrophotometer (2 units)
  • Perkin-Elmer Lambda 850 Spectrophotometer
  • Perkin-Elmer System 2000R NIR/IR FT Raman Spectrophotometer
  • Perkin-Elmer System One FT-IR
  • Osmomat 070 Vapor Phase Osmometer
  • Metrohm Ion Chromatograph
  • Varian Cary Eclipse Fluorescence Spectrophotometer
  • P.E. Model 3300 Atomic Absorption Spectrometer
  • Jasco 710 CD/ORD Spectropolarimeter
  • Bruker 400 MHz NMR
  • Thermoquest Trace 2000 GC / Mass Spectrometer with direct insertion probe
  • Waters Gel Permeation Chromatograph and RI detector
  • TA Instruments Direct Mechanical Analyzer DMA 2980 with cryogenic capability
  • Mettler TA4000 Thermal Analysis System with TGA and DSC units
  • Princeton Applied Research Polarographic Analyzer
  • BAS 100A Electrochemical System
  • Princeton Applied Research Potentiostat/Galvanostat
  • Metrohm Titrino 716 DMS Automatic titration equipment
  • Chemical Sciences Simulations Laboratory equipped with an SGI Origin 2000 computer, 5 SGI workstations and MSI Cerius 2 software 

Resources for Students

The use of PC's, involving word processing, spreadsheet processing, use of commercial chemistry programs and SciFinder for the searching of the chemical literature, are an integral part of the coursework. The University Library has an excellent collection of chemistry related texts, journals (many of which are available on-line), and reference works to assist the student during their studies.

Chemistry Library

A study room with the major American Chemical Society Journals is located in the science building.