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Chemistry major Jess Brownell '06 uses the Veeco scanning probe microscope.

Coe's chemistry department has one of the most extensive collections of up-to-date instrumentation you will find in a department of this size (or bigger!) All of this instrumentation is for use by students, and nearly all of it is used in courses. Note as well that most of the funding for the instruments is obtained by writing grant proposals to the National Science Foundation, where the ideas for using the instruments are judged competitively by peers. In recent competitions, only about 10-20% of the applications receive funding - so we must have some good ideas!

  • Laboratory facilities in the chemistry department have experienced substantial upgrades with respect to instrumentation available for teaching laboratories and research.  Major upgrades have included a 300 MHz FTNMR (1999), potentiostat (2002), HPLC with diode array and fluorescence detectors (2005), and a spectrofluorimeter (2005).
  • Recent additions to the Chemistry Department include a Perkin Elmer AAnalyst atomic absorption spectrometer (2010), a BioRad DuoFlow low pressure chromatography system (2008), a Lachat QuikChem 8500 Series 2 with XYZ Autosampler and In-Line Sample Preparation Module (2008), Agilent 5975C Inert MSD with triple axis detector, 6850 Gas Chromatograph, and 6850 Autosampler (2008), and Perkin Elmer Inductively Coupled Plasma-Optical Emission Spectrometer (ICP-OES) Optima 7000 DV. Joint acquisitions with the physics department have included a Raman microscope (2003), a scanning probe microscope (2004), and a scanning electron microscope (2007).
  • Students in organic laboratory run their own samples on the department's 300 MHz NMR.

    During the same period, we have also replaced or added to our existing instrument base (including UV/visible spectrophotometers, FTIR, GC, ion chromatograph) such that our core of analytical instrumentation has been essentially completely upgraded during the past ten years. Most of these acquisitions were funded through grants from the National Science Foundation with some matching money from Coe.

We also have excellent on-line access to current chemistry journals, including the complete American Chemical Society journal collection, through Stewart Memorial library. On-line access to Chemical Abstracts, via STN Easy is also available.