Facilities and Instrumentation

The Valparaiso University Chemistry Department has the following equipment that is available for use in undergraduate instruction and research.

  • Fourier Transform Nuclear Magntic Resonance spectrometer (FT-NMR) - Bruker Avance III 400 MHz - Used to determine the structure of various compounds. 
  • Fourier Transfer Infrared spectrometer (FTIR) - Thermo-Nicolet NEXUX 670 FT-IR - Used to determine and identify molecular structure by susing a substances vibrational properties.
    IR Spectrometer
  • Ultraviolet/Visible spectrometers (UV/VIS) - Perkin Elmer Lambda 650, Beckman, HP diode array & Molecular Devices microplate reader - Used to make qualitative and quantative analysis using a sample's ability to absorb visible and ultraviolet light.
    UV-Vis Spectrometer
  •  Fluorescence Spectrometer (SLM) - Used to probe protein-substrate interactions.
  • Atomic Absorption spectrometer (AA) - Used to analyze trace metals in solution.
  • X-Ray diffraction spectrometer - Used to determine powder patterns of crystaline materials.
  • Gas Chromatograph - Mass Spectrometer (GC-MS) - Agilent 7890A/5975C - Used to separate and identify compounds in mixtures.
  • Gas Chromatograph (GC) - HP5890 and HP6850 - Used to separate volatile mixtures.
  • High Preformance Liquid Chrmatographs (HPLC) - Waters - Used to searate non-volatile mixtures.
    Chromatatron -
  • Gel Electrophoresis - Used to separate protein mixtures.
  • Speed-Vac Concentrator -
  • Superspeed centrifuge - Beckman -
  • High capacity refrigerated centrifuge - Juan -
  • Microbalance - Cahn - Used to weigh minute quantities of protein.
  • Magnetic Susceptibility - Johnson Matthey - Used to determine number of unpaired electrons in metallic compounds.
  • Electrochemical workstation - BAS - Used to examine the electrochemical properties of materials.
  • Polarograph/Voltammeter - Princeton Applied Research - Used to examine the electrohemical properties of materials.
  • Computer interfaces and various probes