The Lab

The Kennedy Research Group is housed on the fourth floor of Hutchison Hall in modules 452, 449, and 447. Student desks are in HH449; Rose’s office is HH459. Check out the photos below for some highlights of our space and equipment.


Individual Hoods: Graduate students and postdocs are each assigned bench space and an individual fume hood equipped with a Schlenk line.

Gloveboxes: We have two MBraun full-double UniLabPro Gloveboxes named Boombox and Charlotte’s Box (in honor of a resident spider). Each glovebox is equipped with a –30°C freezer, a cold well, and multiple vacuum ports connected to a Welch 1400 vacuum pump. We use these gloveboxes for reaction set-up and organometallic manipulations in an inert atmosphere (nitrogen).

UHV Line: We use a custom-built ultra-high-vacuum line equipped with a diffusion pump for quantitative gas transfers, vacuum manipulations, and drying reagents.

UHV line

HPLC: We have a Shimadzu Prominence-i LC-2030 Plus HPLC equipped with normal- and reverse-phase columns for rapid analysis of reaction mixtures. We also have a suite of chiral stationary phase columns suitable for determination of enantiomer ratios.

GC: We have a Shimadzu GC-2030 equipped with a flame-ionization detector and an auto sampler. We use achiral- and chiral-stationary phase columns for rapid analysis of reaction mixtures and determination of enantiomer ratios.

Solvent Purification System: We have an MBraun SPS-5 solvent-purification system equipped with columns for diethyl ether, tetrahydrofuran (THF), pentane, toluene, and N,N-dimethylformamide (DMF).

solvent purification system

Balances: We have several Shimadzu ATX-series analytical balances scattered throughout the lab and in the glovebox. We use these for weighing out reagents and products. 


Rotary Evaporators: We have two IKA RV-3 rotary evaporators equipped with Fisher Scientific Maxima Dry diaphragm pumps that we use to remove solvent from our samples.

Kessil Lamps: We have 440 nm and 456 nm Kessil lamps on a PR160 rig for visible-light photochemistry.

Ovens: We have two Heratherm Ovens and an Isotemp Vacuum Oven used for drying glassware and supplies.


Chemical Refrigerator/Freezer: We have a chemical-rated combination refrigerator/freezer that we use to store sensitive reagents and samples at 10 °C or –20 °C.