The Chemistry Department offers excellent spaces for classrooms and teaching laboratories. It is also well-equipped with a wide selection of research-grade instrumentation.

Classroom & Research Facilities

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.

Steitz Hall also boasts four large labs for faculty-student collaborative research as well as spaces for computational chemistry and for MakerBot 3D-printing.

Available 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 BD FACSCalibur 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 thermocycler (qPCR)
  • 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.  

Chemistry Lab & Instrument Videos

Curious about chemistry research instruments and laboratory techniques? Learn about them in CHEM 410: Instrumental Analysis's video projects.