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Faculty and students have access to a wide array of state-of-the-art instrumentation.  This sophisticated equipment is used not only in coursework but also during collaborative undergraduate research activities to characterize materials or to quantify analytes by a variety of spectroscopic, chromatographic, thermometric and electrochemical methods. Through the university library, students have access to online chemical databases and major chemistry journals.

Partial renovation of our chemistry teaching laboratories was completed in August 2008 with a generous donation from the Benson Family. This wing of the first floor of Monroe Hall was dedicated in honor of Dr. Gregory Choppin, a 1949 chemistry alumnus who co-discovered Mendelevium, element 101, with Glenn Seaborg. Renovation of Chemistry & Biochemistry research laboratories and office space on the second floor of Monroe Hall was completed during the spring of 2015.

The space is designed to enable students to learn modern scientific methods and to emphasize the centrality of science in a liberal arts education as well as its importance to society. 

For more information about our instrumentation, or to arrange training, please contact the departmental chairperson or your undergraduate research advisor. 

Absorption / Emission Spectrometers

UV-VIS-NIR (Olis 14 with CLARiTY sample chamber, complete upgrade '11)

UV-VIS Diode Array Spectrometer (Hewlett Packard, ’98)

UV-VIS Agilent Cary 8454

Nicolet 6700, MCT and DTGS detectors, ATR and Diffuse Reflectance attachments (’12)

Spectrofluorophotometer (Shimadzu RF-5301PC ’12)

Atomic Absorption Spectrometer, Flame/Graphite Oven/Autosampler (Varian '09)

Chromatography Instrumentation

Gas Chromatograph/Mass Spectrometer (Agilent '09)

Liquid Flash Chromatography with Fraction Collector, UV-Vis Detector (Teledyne Flash, ’08)

High-Performance Liquid Chromatography with Autosampler, Column Oven, UV-Vis. Detector, and Fraction Collector (Shimazu, '07)

Gas Chromatography/Ion-Mobility Spectrometer (Barringer GC-Ionscan ’01)

6470 LC/TQ with 1260 Infinity II LC and Diode Array Detector (Agilent '22)


Oxford Instruments 60 MHz Pulsar NMR

*Access to High-Field NMR Spectrometers through Tulane University, a two-block walk through campus

Miscellaneous Instrumentation

Differential Scanning Calorimeter (ShimadzubDSC60 Plus, ’15)

Thermo-Gravimetric Analyzer (Perkin Elmer STA6000, ’08)

Synthesis Microwave (CEM MARS-6 ‘15)

Polarimeter (Rudolph Research Analytical Autopol 1, '12)

Electrostatic Particle Classifier and Condensation Counter (TSI 3080/3772, ’08)

MALDI-TOF (Bruker MicroflexLT, ’06)

Cyclic Voltammograph (BAS CV-27, ’92)

Oakton PC700 Series CV electrochemical analyzer

Bomb Calorimeter (Parr, '08)

Magnetic Susceptibility Balance (Johnson Matthey, ’98)

Solvent Purification Manifold (MBraun, MB-SPS, ’05)

MiniFlex 600 X-Ray Diffractometer (Rigaku '17)

Dual range microbalance (Mettler-Toledo-XSE205 '15)

Forensic Chemistry Laboratory

IlluminatIR FTIR Microscope (Smiths, '09)

RUVIS UV Imager with Fingerprinting Analysis Software (SPEX, '09)

Crimescope 400W Wavelength-Selectable UV Light Source (SPEX, '09)

Polarized Light Microscope (Meiji MX9430, '09)

Biochemical Equipment

HVA-110 Autoclave (Hirayama '15)

Ultra-low temp (-86 °C) freezer (Isotemp, '15)

Synergy UV-R ultrapure water system, 18.2 MOhm at 25 °C (EMD Millapore  '15)

UV-1600PC  Spectrophotometer (VWR '22)

Labconco Lyophilizer (Fisher '15)

Chromatography refrigerator (Isotemp '15)

Polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis equipment (’22)