Facilities of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

We encourage collaboration and below is a short list of some of the larger instrumentation in our department. If you wish to start a collaboration, send an email to our department chair, Dr. James Arena, to discuss the possibility.

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR): Our department is equipped with state of the art NMR (Bruker 300 series) for chemical analysis. This instrument is used for both student research as well as in our teaching labs. This ensures that our students graduate trained in modern chemical techniques with both theoretical understanding and first-hand laboratory experience.

Oxford Diffraction X-ray Diffractometer: The X-ray Diffractometer is a world class instrument for determine crystal structures and elucidating chemical interactions in the solid state. The X-ray Lab is one of the busiest spaces, producing publishable results, assisting with student chemistry labs, and playing a large role in faculty-directed research.

UV-Vis spectrophotometer: This laboratory work horse is such a universal chemical instrument that there are two! The Agilent 8453 spectrometer is used in all aspects of chemistry and is equipped with software to determine reaction kinetics, standard assay concentrations, single point readings, and transmittance.

Spectrophotometer: The JASCO Spectrophotometer is an essential tool for both the Chemistry and Biochemistry programs here at CCSU. Fluorescence detection is higher sensitivity than UV-visible detection, and experiments can be designed to produce results for biochemical assays, concentration determinations, cellular signaling, and even protein folding.

FT-IR: This instrument is highly useful in analysis of synthetic products, and identifying unknowns and is a integral in Organic teaching labs and faculty research.

Gas Chromatographs: Equipped with capillary and packed columns. Detection methods include thermal conductivity, Flame Ionization detection, and mass spectrometry.

Upright fluorescence and phase contrast microscope: Great for looking at cells, nanoparticles, and liposomes.

HPLC: High pressure liquid chromatography is essential for analyzing large molecules like polymers and biomolecules. this instrument is equipped with a PDA and fluorescence detector.