William M. Hackman Physical Sciences Laboratories
3rd & 4th floors
  • Hackman Physical Science Building

The Chemistry Department occupies the third and fourth floors of the William M. Hackman Physical Sciences Laboratories and includes six instructional laboratories, eleven student/ faculty research laboratories, four instrument rooms, a Chemistry lounge/student workroom, a seminar room, a stockroom, and the department office. Each research laboratory contains office and study areas for student researchers. The department is fortunate to have state of the art instrumentation, with other facilities in the nearby Biology Department and the Earth & Environment Department.

Nearly 40 chemical journals and over 200 reference books are housed in the adjacent Martin Library of the Sciences. This library has numerous computers for use by students and greatly facilitates on-line computer searching of the literature.

The department has a full-time secretary and a full-time stockroom manager. The department is unusual among liberal arts colleges in having a trained, salaried NMR technician who provides all of the routine calibration, administrative functions, probe tuning, cryogen refills, and maintenance, not to mention acquisition of spectra for both faculty and students. An electronics expert is shared by the sciences. The college supports both Macintosh and Windows computers and has a full staff of computer support personnel.



Instrumentation housed in the Chemistry Department:

  • Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectrometers
    • Varian INOVA 500 MHz multinuclear NMR with multiple probes
    • Anasazi 60 MHz NMR
    • Anasazi 90 MHz NMR
  • Infrared (IR) spectrophotometers
    • Bruker Tensor 37 IR
    • Bruker Vertex 70 IR
    • Perkin-Elmer Model 100 IRs (2)
    • Thermo-Nicolet Avatar 390 IRs (2)
  • Ultraviolet-visible spectrophotometer
    • Perkin-Elmer Lambda 950 UV/Vis/NIR with GaInAs integrating sphere
    • Perkin-Elmer Lambda 6 UV/Vis
    • Perkin-Elmer Lambda 40 UV/Vis
  • Chromatography
    • Waters Acquity UPLC H-class Liquid Chromatograph-Mass Spectrometer
    • Agilent 1100 Series Liquid Chromatograph-Mass Spectrometer
    • Agilent 6890N/5973 Gas Chromatograph-Mass Spectrometer
    • Hewlett-Packard 5890 Gas Chromatograph with electronic integrator
    • GOW-MAC 350 Gas Chromatographs (6) with data acquisition (3)
    • Buck Scientific High-performance liquid chromatographs (4)
    • Dionics IC-500 ion chromatograph
  • Imaging instrumentation
    • LVEM 25 electron microscope
    • MS-10 scanning tunneling microscope with low-current scanner
    • Multimode N3 atomic force microscope with a Quadrex module
  • Thermal analysis
    • TA Q500 thermal gravimetric analyzer
    • TA Q20 differential scanning calorimeter
  • Lasers
    • Laser Photonics nitrogen-pumped dye laser
    • Lumonics Model 101 carbon dioxide laser
  • Horiba Fluoromax-4 Fluorometer
  • Vacuum Atmospheres Dri-Lab inert atmosphere system
  • MBraun LabStar inert atmosphere system

  • CH Instruments electrochemical analyzer Model 604C
  • Buck Scientif 210VGP Atomic Absorption spectrophotometer
  • Glow discharge atomic spectroscopy system
  • Rayonet Photochemical Reactor
  • Parr high pressure reactor
  • Flash vacuum pyrolysis system
  • Isoperibol calorimeters (2)
  • Spinning band distillation apparatus
  • Bausch & Lomb Spectronic 20s (5)
  • Bausch & Lomb refractometers (5)
  • Melt-temps (20)
  • Mettler analytical balances (13)
  • Millipore Water Purification System
  • Freezers
    • Kendro Laboratory Products
    • Whirlpool refrigerator/freezer
  • Centrifuges
    • Eppendorf
    • Allegra 25R, Beckman-Coulter


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