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:

Mass Spectrometers:

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

Other instruments:

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:

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