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Skidmore College
Department of Chemistry

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) spectrometers
  • Scanning spectrofluorimeter [Shimadzu]
  • Ultraviolet-visible diode array spectrophotometers [Agilent]
  • Scanning ultraviolet-visible spectrophotometer [Cary and Shimadzu]
  • 400 MHz nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometer [JEOL]
  • Single wavelength visible spectrophotometers
  • UV-Vis Diffuse Reflection Spectroscopy [Perkin Elmer]
  • Raman spectrophotometer [DeltaNu]
  • Gas Sorption Analyzer [Quantachrome]
  • Gas chromatograph with FID and µECD dectectors [Agilent]
  • High performance liquid chromatograph (HPLC) [Dionex]
  • Capillary Electrophoresis System [Beckman Coulter]

Additional instrumentation, including AAS, GC-MS, LC-MS, XRD and XRF, is available in SAIL


  • 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
  • Heidolph 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