The Chemistry and Biochemistry Department makes it's home in the Hafey-McCormick Science Building. It has four major laboratories, where students experience basic and advanced chemistry offerings. Laboratories are well equipped with state of the art instrumentation, and can be set-up for multi-media presentations. Small Faculty-Student ratios provide personal attention.
Faculty and students are also able to access the campus's network directly from the laboratory and classroom. The building's four lecture rooms and large Tiered Lecture Room provide ample size for scheduled classes and study times. The Department has multiple research areas devoted to student/faculty research. These areas contain instrumentation to support student/faculty research in a wide range of areas. Current research activities include biochemistry, computational chemistry, organic and inorganic chemistry.
The Instrumental Lab
The department of chemistry and biochemistry recently acquired upgraded equipment which is mainly housed in our instrument lab. This equipment is used by students in our program beginning in their first year of study and integrated into the curriculum. Students develop skills using this instrumentation in both the classroom and through research projects. Below, you will find a list of equipment that students will learn how to operate as they proceed through the program.
Agilent Gas Chromatograph – Mass Spectrometer (GC-MS)
This instrument combines gas chromatography and mass spectrometry to identify different substances contained in a sample. Applications of GC-MS include drug detection, fire investigation, environmental analysis, explosives investigation, and identification of unknown samples. This instrument is used in chemical principles lab (CHM 733-734), organic lab (CHM 743 – 744), and upper-level lab courses by students in our program
Agilent High Pressure Liquid Chromatography (HPLC)
This instrument separates the components of a mixture using high pressure in order to identify and quantify each component. It relies on pumps to pass a pressurized liquid solvent containing the sample mixture. This instrument is used in upper-level courses by students in our program.
This instrument can monitor the light output of chemical reactions, or chemiluminescence and is used in biochemistry lab and in biochemistry research protocols. Students will use this equipment when taking upper-level courses in our programs.
PicoSpin Bench Top NMR
This instrument is an easy-to-operate, cryogen-free NMR which can be used for identification of samples in organic chemistry lab. Students will run samples in the organic lab with ease and will be able to make assignments to the molecules under study. Students will use this instrument in organic chemistry lab (CHM 743-744) and upper-level courses in our programs.
Perkin-Elmer UV/VIS Spectrometer
This instrument involves monitoring the absorbance of ultra-violet (UV) and visible light through a sample. The absorption in the visible spectrum will affect what color we observe in substances. This instrument is used in upper-level courses by students in our program.
Perkin-Elmer Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometers (FT-IRs)
There are two FT-IR's in the instrumental lab used for identification of samples and for research. These instruments can access both the mid- and far- infrared spectrum and have high level acquisition software. Students begin using infrared spectroscopy in chemical principles lab (CHM 733-734) and continue using in organic chemistry and upper-level courses.