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Skidmore College
Chemistry Department

Major Equipment in Chemistry

The chemistry department is located on the second floor of the Dana Science Center. The space includes five teaching laboratories, two instrument rooms, and nine research labs used in faculty-student collaborative research. The department houses a wide variety of modern research-grade instruments that are routinely used by students in laboratory classes and in independent research. Students and faculty in the department also use the Skidmore Analytical Interdisciplinary Laboratory (SAIL), the Physics Machine Shop, and the Skidmore College Microscopy Imaging Center (SMIC) as well as the two autoclaves in the Dana Science Center. 


  • Fiber optic spectrometer [Ocean Optics]
  • Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectrometer [Nicolet & Avatar 360]
  • Inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectrometer (ICP-AES) [SpectroAnalaytical]
  • Scanning spectrofluorimeters [Shimadzu and SPEX]
  • Ultraviolet-visible diode array spectrophotometers [Agilent]
  • Scanning ultraviolet-visible spectrophotometer [Cary and Shimadzu]
  • 300 MHz nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometer [JEOL]
  • Single wavelength visible spectrophotometers
  • UV-Vis Diffuse Reflection Spectroscopy (Perkin Elmer)
  • Raman spectrophotometer (DeltaNu)


  • Gas chromatograph/mass spectrometer (GC/MS) [Hewlett-Packard]
  • Gas chromatograph (GC) [Agilent]
  • High performance liquid chromatograph (HPLC) [Dionex]
  • Ion chromatograph (IC) [Dionex]


  • Two walk-in cold rooms
  • Refrigerated preparative centrifuges
  • Microwave reactor for organic synthesis [Milestone]
  • Microwave sample digester [Milestone]
  • Deep freezers (–20 °C, –45 °C & –80 °C)
  • Refrigerators/freezers
  • Ovens
  • Controlled temperature baths and chillers
  • Helodolph Rotary Evaporators


  • Digital gel scanner
  • Desktop shaking incubator
  • Shaking incubator [Innova]
  • Desktop centrifuges (refrigerated/non-refrigerated)
  • DNA sequencing systems [FisherBiotech]
  • Gel electrophoresis apparatuses (vertical and horizontal)
  • Orbital shaker
  • Heat blocks
  • Sonicator [FS Model 505]
  • Thermocycler [BioRad]
  • Nanodrop spectrometer/computer
  • Beckman Coulter Optime XPN-90 Ultracentrifuge
  •  Beckman Coulter Avanti J-E Centrifuge
  •  AKTA Prime Plus FPLC


  • Solution calorimeter [Parr]
  • Bomb calorimeter [Parr]
  • Microbalance [Cahn]


All Skidmore-owned computers can have these installed:

  • Gaussian09 and GaussView (for Windows)
  • Mathematica (Windows, Mac, Linux)
  • Matlab
  • ChemDraw (Windows and Mac)
  • SciFinder