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Facilities and Equipment

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The Department of Chemistry, Physics and Geology is housed in the Sims Science Building. The 60,000 sq. ft. building was fully renovated in 2001 to include state-of-the-art ventilation, climate control, power, purified water, telecommunication and wireless network systems. Teaching and undergraduate research laboratories, classrooms, student study and administrative spaces are fully modernized. Classrooms and conference rooms are equipped with smart technology, including video conferencing.

Undergraduate research laboratory facilities in Sims include five biochemistry labs, three large organic and inorganic synthesis labs, two physical chemistry labs, two physics research labs, two geology research labs, bio-analytical and instrumentation labs, laser lab, NMR lab, cold room, cell culture and computational chemistry lab space.

Teaching laboratory facilities include labs dedicated for analytical chemistry, biochemistry, general chemistry, geology, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, phyical chemistry and physics. Sims also houses three computer labs available for routine student access.

Major Instrumentation


  • Dell Precision T7400 Workstations, Dual Quad Core Xeon Proc, 3.2 GHz, 16GB memory, DVI graphics card with dual 21" flat panel monitors running Red Hat Enterprise Linux (8)
  • High performance, parallel computing Linux cluster (eight Dell Optiplex 745 hosts with Intel Core 2 Duo, 2.4 GHz CPUs)
  • Spartan & Gaussian Modeling Software on each workstation
  • University-wide network: 5 licenses of Spartan '08 and 40 licenses of Spartan Student
  • WebMO, NWChem and Gamess on the cluster

Mass Spectrometry (MS)

  • ABSciex API2000 LC/MS/MS triple-quadrupole
  • ABSciex Voyager DE STR MALDI-TOF

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Spectroscopy

  • JEOL Eclipse+ 300 MHz NMR
  • JEOL ECS 400 MHz NMR


  • Agilent 7890A GC/5975C MS (2)
  • Buchi R-210 Rotavapor (4)
  • Costner 4010 Elemental Analyzer
  • Dionex DX-600 IC/HPLC (UV/Fluorescence/Conductivity)
  • Dionex ICS-3000 HPLC (UV/PDA)
  • Dionex U3000 HPLC (UV/interfaced with ABSciex API2000 MS)
  • Dionex U3000 Capillary HPLC (UV)
  • GE Amersham Ätka FPLC (UV)
  • Hewlett-Packard 5890 GC-FID
  • IT Pur Solv Solvent Purification System 
  • Teledyne CombiFlash Retrieve
  • Thermo Evolution RC Centrifuge (2)
  • Thermo Legend XTR Centrifuge (2)
  • Varian CP3800 GC/Saturn 2000 MS/MS
  • Waters Breeze HPLC (UV/Fluorescence)
  • Waters Quanta 4000 Capillary Electrophoresis (UV)


  • Agilent 8453 Diode Array UV/Vis Spectrophotometer (2)
  • Beckman DU 800 UV/Vis Spectrophotometer (2)
  • Jasco J-815 Circular Dichroism Spectropolarimeter
  • Jasco V660 UV/Vis Spectrophotometer 
  • Pasco P-1010 Polarimeter
  • Perkin-Elmer 560 Flame AAS
  • PTI EasyLife LS Fluorescence Lifetime System
  • PTI QuantaMaster Spectrofluorometer
  • Single Molecule Fluorescence System including
    • Mad City Labs Nano-positioner
    • Melles Griot 43 Series Krypton Argon Ion Laser
    • Perkin Elmer Avalanche Photodiode (2)
    • Zeiss Axiovert microscope
  • Thermo Avatar FTIR – Pike ATR (2)
  • Thermo Nanodrop 2000c UV/Vis Spectrophotometer
  • Thermo IRIS Advantage ICP-OES


  • Parr 1266 Bomb Calorimeter
  • TA Instruments Isothermal Titration Calorimeter 


  • BetaStar High Capacity and New Brunswick Benchtop autoclaves
  • Bio-Rad Chemidoc XRS system
  • CEM Discover Benchmate Microwave Synthesizers (2)
  • CEM Mars Microwave Synthesizer 
  • CEM MES 1000 Microwave Extraction System 
  • Labconco FreeZone 2.5L Freeze Dry System
  • New Brunswick Bioflo 3000 Bioreactor
  • New Brunswick Incubator/Shakers 
  • Thermo and Forma Scientific -80oC Freezers
  • Thermo Lindberg/Blue M Tube Furnace
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