Instrumentation

The Westmont Chemistry Department posseses a wide range of top-quality, modern chemical instrumentation.  Students working on synthetic projects in my lab have the opportunity to work with serveral of these, including:

Bruker DPX Advance 300 MHz NMR Spectrometer:
The department has a Bruker Advance 300 MHz NMR spectrometer with a pulsed gradient probe and upgraded electronics.  It can perform 1D and 2D NMR experiments on a variety of nuclei including 1H, 13C, 31P, 19F, and 14N.  For more information, please visit the department's NMR website.



UV-vis Spectroscopy:
The department possesses three diode array and two scanning UV-vis spectrometers that can be used to measure the electronic spectra of inorganic and organic compounds, to follow the kinetics of chemical reactions, and for quantitative chemical analysis.













Emission spectroscopy:
The department has a Thermo Electron AB2
fluorimeter for characterizing the emission spectra of compounds and for chemical analysis.


IR Spectroscopy:
The department has two FTIR spectrometers, a Nicolet Avatar 370 and a Nicolet Nexus 470.  The  Avatar is equipped with a  Nicolet Smart Performer SR-ATR attachment, enabling easy measurement of the spectra of solids and liquids
.  The Nexus 470 can also be used in conjunction with our IR microscope.













Polarimetry:
The department posseses a Rudoplp Autopol polarimeter that can be used to characterize the ability of chiral compounds to rotate plane polarized light.  It is especially useful for following reactions that result in enantioselective generation of a chiral product.








Mass Spectometry
The department posseses a quadropole mass spectometer with electron impact ionization as part of its GC/MS instrumentation.


X-ray crystallography
Unfortunately, Westmont doesn't possess an X-ray diffractometer. Single-crystal X-ray data can be collected at California State University - Channel Islands.


High-Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC)
An Agilent 1100 HPLC with a refractive index and diode array UV-vis detector can be used for analytical and small scale preparative separations.

Gas Chromatography (GC) and GC-MS:

Westmont posseses an Agilent 5973N GC equipped with a mass-selective detector.  This instrument is also capable of recording electron impact mass spectra.  Routine work can be readily perfromed using our Agilent 6890N or Hewlet Packard 5890 gas chromatographs equipped with thermal conductivity and flame ionization detectors.<>




Electrochemistry:

The department recently acquired a BAS EpsilonTM electrochemical workstation with the Basic and Basic Plus Option for use in perfroming a variety of electrochhemical techniques.




























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