Instrumentation & Facilities

The Department of Chemistry at the University of Saint Francis will provide you with access to a wide variety of instrumentation, the quality of which is one of the finest in the area. You will work one-on-one with faculty and other students to gain hands-on experience using modern instrumentation. You’ll be given the opportunity to start working with instruments right away.

Beginning in General Chemistry, you’ll use the ultraviolet-visible (UV-Vis) scanning spectrophotometer, and in Organic Chemistry, you’ll have the chance to use Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectrometers, a nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometer and gas chromatography-mass spectrometers (GC-MS). As you continue through the program, you will design projects for your classes and independent research to further your understanding and use of novel instrumentation.

Check out some of the instruments you’ll use:

  • Varian GC-MS with an autosampler
  • Shimadzu flame atomic absorption spectrophotometer

In addition to these instruments, you will also have access to USF’s FTIR spectrometers, Shimadzu High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) and 60 MHz Anasazi NMR spectrometer. Achatz Hall of Science also houses a variety of instrumentation used in biochemistry and molecular biology. Some of these instruments include electrophoresis gels, polymerase chain reaction (PCR), scintillation counter, scanning electron microscope (SEM) and confocal microscope.