The Department of Chemistry at Boise State University possesses a wide variety of modern equipment and instrumentation. The facilities and equipment are a cornerstone in carrying out the academic mission and furthering the collective research of the faculty.
Computer Learning Center – The Chemistry Department possesses a networked laboratory that is dedicated for use by students enrolled in chemistry courses. This computer lab contains:
- 44 workstations for general student and research use
- Several servers assigned to computational chemistry and spectral analysis
General Laboratories – The Chemistry Department’s laboratories are located primarily on the third floor of the Science Building. We have:
- Four 24-student academic laboratories
- 11 research laboratories
- 6 instrumental laboratories
- The College of Arts and Sciences maintains an instrument repair/machine shop.
- The Simplot-Micron Instructional Technology Center provides media support including film production and satellite television.
- Other Boise State University departments conducting research relating to Chemistry include Biology, Engineering, Geosciences, Math and Computer Science, and Physics.
- Federal and state government laboratories in Boise and vicinity conducting research or work relating to Chemistry include the Veterans Affairs Hospital and Research Center, State of Idaho Laboratories, including the Agriculture Department’s labs, the Health and Welfare Department lab, the Transportation Department’s Material Testing lab, and the State Police Crime lab.
- MSTI (Mountain States Tumor Institute) is a privately endowed institution supporting basic and applied research.
- Private industries in Boise and vicinity conducting research or work relating to chemistry include the many branches of Micron, and Hewlett-Packard.
- There are also machine shops, glass blowing shops, and analytical laboratories in the Boise area.
Instrumentation and Equipment
In addition to the computer equipment mentioned above, virtually all departmental instruments are interfaced to modern computers and associated software. A summary of departmental instrumentation follows. Numbers in parenthesis (#) indicate more than one instrument exists.
Instrumentation and Equipment Descriptions
See also http://biology.boisestate.edu/facilities/ for additional shared use instrumentation.
|Atomic Absorption Spectrometer||Thermo Elemental Solar AAS with graphite furnace and cold vapor capabilities|
|Autoclave||Harvey Sterile Max Steam Sterilizer|
|Bomb Calorimeter||Parr plain jacket oxygen|
|BSLII Cell Culture Hoods||Nuare Cell Culture Hood (2)|
|Capacitance Manometers||MSK 127A-head PDR-C-2C, digital readout (2)|
|Cell disrupters||1. Misonix Sonicator 3000
2. Heat Systems Sonicator Ultrasonic Processor
|Chromatography Refrigerators||Fisher Isotemp (2)|
|CO2 Incubator||Nuare DHD Autoflow CO2 Air-Jacketed Incubator|
|Electron Paramagnetic Spectrometer||Bruker ESP 380E CW Pulsed Electron Paramagnetic Spectrometer|
|Field Flow Fractionation||Flow, Thermal, and Electrical|
|Gas Chromatographs||1. Hewlett-Packard 5890 (3)
2. Hewlett-Packard 5730A
3. Thermo Finnigan TRACE T GC Ultra with AS 3000 II autosampler
|Glove Box||Mbraun Unilab Glove Box|
|Imagining System||UVP Multidocit Imaging System|
|Incubator Shakers||1. New Brunwick Scientific C24 Incubator Shaker
2. Lab-Line Orbit Environ-Shaker
|IR Spectrometers||1. Galaxy series model 6020 FTIR
2. Precision Analytical RFX-40 FTIR
3. Thermo Nicolet Nexus 670 FTIR E.S.P.
4. (2) PerkinElmer Spectrum 100 KBr DTGS Instruments with a 1 bounce Di/ZnSe Universal Attenuated Total Reflectance accessory with ATR device
|IR Spectrometer Modules for the Thermo Nicolet Nexus 670 FTIR||1. Thermo Nicolet FT-RAMAN Module
2. Thermo Spectro-Tech Continuum IR Microscope
|Lasers||1. Spectrophysics femptosecond system
2. Nitrogen PTI PPL 2300 and dye PTI PL201 with A/D interface
3. Optic table and Support CO2 Tac II model 215G
4. Calibration peripherals
|Light Scattering||1. Wyatt Dawn DSP Multi-Angle Light Scattering
2. Precision Dynamic Light Scattering
3. Wyatt MiniDawn
|Liquid Chromatographs||1. Agilent 1100 Series with auto-sampler, quad-gradient elution pump, degas module fluorescence and UV/Vis photodiode array detectors
2. Dionex Ion Chromatograph with Dionex gradient elution pumps (2), Dionex SRS controllers (2), Dionex Conductivity detectors (2), and an eluent degas module
|Mass Spectrometers||1. Hewlett-Packard Model G1800A GCD system
2. Finnigan 3200 GC/MS
3. ThermoFisher Trace GC Ultra with ITQ 900 MS detector
|Microcalorimeter:||Microcal VP-ITC Microcalorimeter|
|Microplate Readers:||1. Varian Cary 50 MPR
2. Millipore Cytofluor 2350
3. BioTek Synergy HT
|Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectrometer||1. Bruker IPSO 300 MHz NMR
2. Bruker AVANCE III 600MHz NMR Spectrometer with liquids (BBO, TXI, and TCI cryoprobe) and solids (4mm MAS) probes
|Polargraphic Analyzer||1. EG&G Princeton Applied Research Model 384D
2. ECO Inc. components
|Potentiostats/Galvanostats||1. Solartron 1280B Electrochemical Workstation
2. EG&G PAR model 263
3. EG&G PAR model 273A
|Refrigerated Centrifuges||1. Sorvall Evolution RC with SLA-3000 & SS34 rotors
2. Beckman L8-70M Ultracentrifuge with Type 45 Ti and SW 28 rotors
|Solvent purification system||Custom built in-house and is used for CH3CN, THF, CH2Cl2, and ether)|
|Spectrofluorometer||1. Varian Cary Eclipse with PCB 150 water Peltier system
2. Olis DM 45 with UV/Vis Capability
|Speed-vac Concentrator/Vacuum System||1. Savant SC110A/UVS400|
|Stopped-Flow Mixer||Olis USA Stopped-Flow|
|Surface analyzer||TMA QuikScan multiangle laser light scattering (MALLS)|
|Thermocycler||MJ Research Minicycler|
|Ultra-low Freezers||1. Isotemp Basic -80°C Ultra-low
2. Revco Ultima II -80oC
|UV/VIS Spectrophotometers||1. Hewlett-Packard Model 8453 diode array
2. Varian Cary 100 Bio (2)
3. Varian Cary 50 Bio (2)
4. Perkin Elmer Lamba 35
|Vacuum vapor deposition||Pelco model PAC-1 Advanced Coater|