Located in Hutchison Hall, the chemistry department's modern instrumentation facility provides a stimulating work environment and is equipped with a wide variety of sophisticated research instrumentation for spectroscopy, analysis, and computation.

The departmental instruments are used by students and faculty in a hands-on way, and most are available 24 hours a day. The opportunity for students to use state-of-the-art instrumentation represents one of the unique strengths of our department. We have acquired the most up-to-date equipment through a series of instrumentation grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and other donors.

Many of our research instruments, such as NMR and Mass Spectrometers and the new Laser Raman facility, are available to researchers outside the department.  For more information about the NMR and MS instrumentation, contact Terry O’Connell ( Contact David McCamant ( for more information about the new Laser Raman facility.

Many of the department's instruments are highly specialized. Some have been designed and built on site or substantially modified from commercially available instruments to meet the specific needs of the department's researchers.

Staff members are available to train new users, help with troubleshooting, and offer advice on special problems, but the actual measurements are carried out by the individual researchers and the students they mentor.

Current Equipment

NMR Spectrometers:

  • Varian 500 MHz spectrometer
  • Brüker 500 MHz spectrometer
  • Two Brüker 400 MHz spectrometers
  • Brüker 300 MHz spectrometer

Mass Spectrometers:

  • Brüker Fourier Transform Mass Spectrometer (FTMS)
  • Brüker Autoflex III MALDI-TOF
  • Thermo LTQ Velos Ion Trap LC/MS
  • Shimadzu LC/MS 2010 with APCI and Electrospray ionization
  • Shimadzu GC/MS, with dual columns, +&- CI
  • Shimadzu GC/MS, with direct injection probe, +&- CI

Computer clusters for theoretical chemistry (Note that these facilities complement those at CIRC):

  • Action Cluster:  16 nodes of PowerEdge FC430, each  with 24 cores (Intel E5-2680v3, 2.5 GHz) and 62 GB memory
  • Chem Cluster: 30 nodes each with 12 cores 30-40 GB memory
  • Femto Cluster: 30 nodes each with 16 cores and 63 GB memory
  • Ferric Cluster:  2 nodes each with 12 cores and 63 GB memory"

Other instruments:

  • REACT IR: infrared spectrometer with probes for remote monitoring and recording of spectra over time
  • Thermogravimetric analysis and Differential Scanning Calorimetry for polymer characterization
  • Brüker EMXplus EPR spectrometer with low-temperature capability to 4 K
  • Digital Instruments Nanoscope IIa Atomic Force Microscope
  • Ellipsometer
  • Single molecule time-resolved fluorescence confocal microscope
  • Spectrofluorometer from Roper Scientific, infrared and visible
  • Four Shimadzu FT-IR spectrometers
  • Many UV-Vis spectrometers
  • H-cube hydrogenator
  • Phosphoimager

Laser Systems

The department maintains laser systems for absorption, fluorescence, and Raman spectroscopies, nonlinear four-wave mixing, electro-optic sampling, time-resolved electron diffraction, photoelectron spectroscopy, temperature-jump studies, photoacoustic calorimetry, and the initiation of photochemistry:

  • Two kHz regeneratively amplified femtosecond titanium:sapphire lasers, one with an optical parametric amplifier for generation of continuously tunable UV, visible and infra-red femtosecond pulses
  • Transient absorption systems based on a picosecond Nd:YAG laser and a nanosecond excimer-pumped dye laser
  • Picosecond time-correlated single photon counting fluorescence system based on a Nd:YLF-pumped cavity-dumped dye laser
  • Laser Raman facility
  • Nd:YAG/dye laser system
  • Associated optical instruments: monochromators and spectrographs, fast multichannel plate photodetectors, and state-of-the-art, highly sensitive array detectors (CCDs and photodiode arrays)

Other Facilities


Additional equipment is available in the different research groups (PDF)