Our resources include both benchtop and portable instrumentation for elemental, ion, molecular, and functional analysis. This range of capabilities allows for the study of a wide variety of materials from compounds synthesized in a laboratory to samples collected from the local environment. Some of our instrumentation has been used to non-destructively examine artifacts and art objects, as well as living plants and insects.
In addition to the instrumentation in SAIL, several Skidmore faculty and students use the Skidmore Microsopy Imaging Center (SMIC), the Physics Machine Shop, and additional instrumentation and equipment in the Chemistry Department.
Instruments located in SAIL:
- Atomic absorption spectrometer (AAS) [PerkinElmer AAnalyst 800]
- flame, graphite furnace and mercury analysis capabilities
- Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectrometer [PerkinElmer Spectrum 100/Spotlight 200]
- ATR, slide/cell holder and microscope accessory
- Gas chromatograph-mass spectrometer (GC-MS) [Agilent 7890A/5975C]
- High performance liquid chromatograph (HPLC) [Dionex UltiMate 3000 & PerkinElmer Flexar]
- Ion chromatograph (IC) [Dionex ICS 2100]
- electrical conductivity and variable wavelength detectors
- Portable photosynthesis system [LI-COR LI6400XT]
- X-ray diffratometer (XRD) [Rigaku Miniflex 6G]
- X-ray fluorescence (XRF) spectrometer, handheld [Bruker Tracer III SD]