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The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry occupies space in the Barnes Science Center, built in 1988, and in Olin Hall, built in 1961 and later remodeled in 1988. The department has at its disposal roughly 20,200 square feet of physical space between the two buildings with an additional 1,000 square foot instrument laboratory housed in the recently constructed (2003) Tutt Science Center.

The department is home to an elaborate collection of state-of-the-art instrumentation for undergraduate use. Recent acquisitions include a Varian AS400 MHz Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectrometer with a multinuclear probe (2005), a Rudolph Research Autopol I Polarimeter (2006), a Canberra Gamma Ray MCA with gamma sources (2005), and a Varian-Cary Bio-100 UV/Vis Spectrophotometer (2001).

There is dedicated faculty research space located in both the Barnes Science Center and Olin Hall. Most research labs are equipped with fume hoods, standard laboratory equipment, chemical and solvent storage, and desk space for student use. Furthermore, machine, glass-blowing, and electronics shops are accessible through the Departments of Chemistry and Physics.

Major Instrumentation Purchased Since 2000

  • Canberra Gamma Ray MCA with gamma sources
  • CH Electrochemistry Workstation
  • GBC 932 plus AA with furnace GF3000
  • IS-SS40 SEM with Oxford 5565 EDX
  • Thermo-Electron Nicolet 6700 FTIR with ATR
  • Perkin-Elmer Spectrum RX1 FTIR spectrometer
  • Philips PANalytical Epsilon 5 XRF
  • Rudolph Research Autopol I Polarimeter
  • Thermo Quest NC2100 C/N Analyzer
  • Varian-Cary Bio-100 UV/Vis Spectrophotometer
  • Varian Mercury AS400 Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectrometer
  • PTI Fluorimeter with dual PMT detectors and LED source

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