Facilities and Equipment


The Department of Chemistry, Physics, Geology and the Environment is housed in the Sims Science Building. The 60,000 sq. ft. facility includes teaching and undergraduate research laboratories, classrooms, student study and administrative spaces that 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, cold room, cell culture, and computational chemistry lab space.

Teaching laboratory facilities include labs dedicated for analytical chemistry, biochemistry, general chemistry, organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, phyical chemistry, physics, and geology. 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 Linux workstation
  • University-wide network: 5 licenses of Spartan and 40 licenses of Spartan Student
  • WebMO, NWChem and Gamess on the cluster

Mass Spectrometry (MS)

  • ABSciex API2000 LC/MS/MS triple-quadrupole
  • Shimadzu 8020 Benchtop Linear MALDI-TOF
  • JEOL AccuTOF-DART 4G Ambient Ionization

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Spectroscopy

  • Nanalysis NMReady-60 Benchtop NMR (2)
  • JEOL ECS 400 MHz NMR


  • Agilent 7890A GC/5975C MS (2)
  • Buchi R-210 Rotavapor (4)
  • Costner 4010 Elemental Analyzer
  • Dionex ICS-3000 HPLC (Fluorescence/PDA)
  • Dionex U3000 HPLC (UV/interfaced with ABSciex API2000 MS)
  • Dionex U3000 Capillary HPLC (UV)
  • GE Amersham tka 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)
  • Waters Quanta 4000 Capillary Electrophoresis (UV)


  • Agilent 8453 Diode Array UV/Vis Spectrophotometer (4)
  • Beckman DU 800 UV/Vis Spectrophotometer
  • 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 iS10 FTIR — Pike ATR (2)
  • Thermo Nanodrop 2000c UV/Vis Spectrophotometer
  • Agilent 715 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


Chemical Hygiene and Safety

The department has a strong commitment to safety. The department's Chemical Hygiene and Safety Plan is maintained by Dr. Kathie Snyder.