The chemistry department moved into a new $18M building in the fall of 2000. This building houses all the department’s classrooms, teaching labs, research labs and faculty offices. The building was renamed the Steitz Science Hall in 2010 to honor the first Lawrentian to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 2009 Laureate Thomas A. Steitz.
In addition to its excellent spaces for classrooms and teaching laboratories, Steitz Hall also boasts four large labs for faculty-student collaborative research as well as spaces for computational chemistry and for MakerBot 3D-printing.
The Chemistry department is well-equipped with a wide selection of research-grade instrumentation. An incomplete list of departmental equipment includes:
- a Varian 400 MHz nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometer with ProTune and 96-sample autosampler
- an inductively coupled plasma-atomic emission spectrometer (ICP-AES)
- a Horiba confocal Raman spectrometer
- a flow cytometer
- a Thermo attenuated total reflectance (ATR) Fourier-transform infrared (FT-IR) spectrometer
- an Agilent capillary gas chromatograph-mass spectrometer (GC-MS)
- a Varian high performance liquid chromatography/electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (HPLC/ESI-MS)
- a real-time polymerase chain reactor (PCR)
- a digital polarimeter
- a colorimetric/fluorimetric plate reader and digital imager
- cyclic voltammetry/electrochemistry equipment
- inert atmosphere gloveboxes
Other instrumentation, such as a laser confocal microscope, a scanning electron microscope, and an X-ray diffraction instrument, are available for use in collaboration with other science departments here at Lawrence. In addition, computational tools such as Gaussian are available for computational chemistry and molecular modeling. How-to videos for some of these instruments as well as laboratory techniques have been created over the years as projects by CHEM 410: Instrumental Analysis and can be found here.