Gustav H. Carlson School of Chemistry

Student and professor in lab

Chemistry Research Facilities

600-MHz NMR Spectrometer

Resources at Clark

The Chemistry Department is housed in the Jeppson Laboratory (completed in 1969) and in the Arthur M. Sackler Sciences Center (built in 1984). The Sackler Sciences Center (24,000 square feet) connects Jeppson and the newly renovated (2005) Physics, Mathematics and Computer Science Building. Jeppson contains approximately 27,000 square feet of floor space devoted to research laboratories and undergraduate teaching laboratories as well as lecture and seminar rooms and department offices. In September of 1984, Jeppson became part of the Arthur M. Sackler Sciences Center. The new facilities, constructed at a cost of $8 million, house research and teaching laboratories, classrooms, seminar rooms, and a 5,000 square foot science library.

Most of the equipment is used for both research and teaching. All faculty, post-docs, and graduate students have access to the instrumentation as do undergraduate students involved in faculty-sponsored independent research projects. In addition, advanced undergraduate courses utilize many of these instruments. The Department encourages undergraduates who have taken at least Introductory and Organic Chemistry courses to participate with faculty and graduate students in performing original research.

Within the Sackler Sciences Center, the Chemistry Department has access to state-of-the-art equipment for structure determination and assessment of macromolecular dynamics, thermodynamic studies, kinetic studies, molecular biology, and protein purification. The department is also well equipped with a large array of computer work stations to facilitate both sophisticated computations and the visualization of complex biomolecular structures. Some of the major equipment includes:

  • Mercury 200 NMR Spectrometer
  • Varian Inova 400 WB NMR Spectrometer, dual solids/liquids system
  • Varian Inova 600Mz, 4 channel liquids NMR Spectrometer
  • Bruker EMX EPR Spectrometer
  • Perkin-Elmer Differential Scanning Calorimeters (DSC-7 JADE)
  • Buck Scientific Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer (Model 210-VGP)
  • Perkin-Elmer Furnace Atomic Absorption Spectrometer
  • Perkin-Elmer GC-Mass Spectrometer
  • Perkin-Elmer HPLC with GPC capability
  • Perkin-Elmer Fluorescence, Luminescence and UV-Vis Spectrophotometers
  • Perkin-Elmer FTIR (Paragon 500, Spectrum 100)
  • One Silicon Graphics Indy Workstation, R5000 (180 MHz) 64 MByte RAM, 2 GByte HD, 17"-Monitor, 24-Bit Graphics.
  • One Silicon Graphics FUEL Workstation, R16000A (700 MHz) 1 GByte RAM, 36 GByte HD, 21" Monitor
  • Beowulf cluster with 16 processors and a Myrinet high-performance network
  • SGI ALTIX 350 Server with 6 processors (64-bit Linus separating system)
  • Amplitron II Thermolyne Instrument for PCR
  • Packard Tri-Carb Liquid Scintillation Analyzer (Model 1900CA)
  • Sorvall RC-6 High Speed Centrifuge
  • Bruker AXS-Powder X-Ray Diffractometer
  • Quantum Design MPMS-XL SQUID Magnetometer
  • Jasco J-815 circular dichroism spectropolarimeter
  • Applied Biosystems 433A peptide synthesizer
  • Varian ProStar HPLC with analytical and preparative capabilities
  • Solartron 1260A Impedance/Frequency Response Analyzer
  • Solartron 1287A Potentiostat/Electrochemical Interface
  • TA Instruments Thermogravimetric Analyzer (Q500 TGA)
  • Cary 40 UV-Vis Spectrophotometer
  • Beckman HPLC
  • Perkin-Elmer Infrared Spectrophotometers (Models 1330 and 1600)
  • Amplitron II Thermolyne Instrument for PCR
  • Packard Tri-Carb Liquid Scintillation Analyzer (Model 1900CA)
  • Linux high performance computer cluster with 24 nodes


The Challenger workstation,
using all four pipes, is faster than a Cray C90 Supercomputer running molecular dynamics simulations.. The SGI computers listed here are in addition to the numerous workstations within the individual research groups of the Chemistry Department, the NMR facility and the University-wide resources (Office of Information Systems)

Resources at local area affiliate institutions

  • Two x-ray area-detectors
  • ESI and MALDI-TOF Mass Spectrometers