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Facilities & Assets

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

Other Resources

  • 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 for additional shared use instrumentation.

Atomic Absorption SpectrometerThermo Elemental Solar AAS with graphite furnace and cold vapor capabilities
AutoclaveHarvey Sterile Max Steam Sterilizer
Bomb CalorimeterParr plain jacket oxygen
BSLII Cell Culture HoodsNuare Cell Culture Hood (2)
Capacitance ManometersMSK 127A-head PDR-C-2C, digital readout (2)
Cell disrupters1.  Misonix Sonicator 3000
2.  Heat Systems Sonicator Ultrasonic Processor
Chromatography RefrigeratorsFisher Isotemp (2)
CO2 IncubatorNuare DHD Autoflow CO2 Air-Jacketed Incubator
Electron Paramagnetic SpectrometerBruker ESP 380E CW Pulsed Electron Paramagnetic Spectrometer
Field Flow FractionationFlow, Thermal, and Electrical
Gas Chromatographs1.  Hewlett-Packard 5890 (3)
2.  Hewlett-Packard 5730A
3.  Thermo Finnigan TRACE T GC Ultra with AS 3000 II autosampler
Glove BoxMbraun Unilab Glove Box
Imagining SystemUVP Multidocit Imaging System
Incubator Shakers1.  New Brunwick Scientific C24 Incubator Shaker
2.  Lab-Line Orbit Environ-Shaker
IR Spectrometers1.  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 FTIR1.  Thermo Nicolet FT-RAMAN Module
2.  Thermo Spectro-Tech Continuum IR Microscope
Lasers1.  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 Scattering1.  Wyatt Dawn DSP Multi-Angle Light Scattering
2.  Precision Dynamic Light Scattering
3.  Wyatt MiniDawn
Liquid Chromatographs1.  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 Spectrometers1.  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 Spectrometer1. 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 Analyzer1.  EG&G Princeton Applied Research Model 384D
2.  ECO Inc. components
PolarimeterJasco P-2000
Potentiostats/Galvanostats1.  Solartron 1280B Electrochemical Workstation
2.  EG&G PAR model 263
3.  EG&G PAR model 273A
Refrigerated Centrifuges1.  Sorvall Evolution RC with SLA-3000 & SS34 rotors
2.  Beckman L8-70M Ultracentrifuge with Type 45 Ti and SW 28 rotors
Solvent purification systemCustom built in-house and is used for CH3CN, THF, CH2Cl2, and ether)
Spectrofluorometer1.  Varian Cary Eclipse with PCB 150 water Peltier system
2.  Olis DM 45 with UV/Vis Capability
Speed-vac Concentrator/Vacuum System1. Savant SC110A/UVS400
Stopped-Flow MixerOlis USA Stopped-Flow
Surface analyzerTMA QuikScan multiangle laser light scattering (MALLS)
ThermocyclerMJ Research Minicycler
Ultra-low Freezers1.  Isotemp Basic -80°C Ultra-low
2.  Revco Ultima II -80oC
UV/VIS Spectrophotometers1. 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 depositionPelco model PAC-1 Advanced Coater