Chemistry Department Facilities

The Department of Chemistry is housed in Otterbein’s state-of-the-art Science Center. With over 96,000 square feet of discipline-specific laboratories, research space and classrooms, including a state-of-the-art greenhouse, the Science Center houses Chemistry, Equine Science, Biology and Earth Science, Nursing, and Physics.

Students using the new benchtop NMR spectrometer and Mel-Temp apparatus during Organic Chemistry lab.
Chemistry major Erin Kibby and Dr. Joan Esson using the new LC-MS spectrometer during research.
Students use Microtiter Plate Reader during Biochemistry lab.

Instrumentation is introduced early on and used in all courses:

Spectrometers for Atomic and Chemical Analysis

  • Agilent 4100 Microwave Plasma-Atomic Emission Spectrometer
  • Jobin-Yvon LabRam HR800 Raman Spectrometer (532nm and 633nm lasers) (6)
  • Nanalysis NMReady-60PRO Spectrometer
  • Ocean Optics USB2000 UV and Visible Spectrophotometer
  • Perkin-Elmer Lambda 2 UV-Visible Spectrophometer (2)
  • Perkin-Elmer LS50B Fluorimeter with 96-well Microplate Reader
  • Thermo Nicolet 380 FT-IR Spectrometer

X-Ray Diffraction and Thermal Analysis for Materials Characterization

  • Bruker APEXII Single-Crystal X-ray Diffractometer
  • Rigaku MiniFlex II Powder X-ray Diffractometer
  • TA Instruments DSC 2010 Differential Scanning Calorimeter

Chromatographic Systems for Separations and Trace Analysis

  • Thermo HPLC with LCQ Fleet Ion Trap Mass Spectrometer (purchased with funds from the Clements Foundation)
  • Fisions Instruments GC8000/MD800 Gas Chromatograph/Mass Spectrometer
  • Thermo Finnigan Gradient HPLC with Diode Array Detector
  • GE Pharmacia AKTA Prime Protein Chromatography Workstation

Biochemical Separations and Analysis

  • Molecular Devices fMax Fluorescent Microtiter Plate Reader
  • GE Pharmacia Amersham Biotrak II Visible Range Plate Reader
  • Misonix Sonicator 3000
  • Refrigerated Centrifuges (5)
  • Labconco Delta Series Class II Biosafety Cabinet