Facilities & Instrumentation
The facilities and instrumentation in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at DU provide direct hands-on access to state-of-the-art equipment and our size allows for extensive hands-on experience. Much of our instrumentation is shared by all researchers in the department including NMR, absorption and fluorescence spectrophotometers, mass spectrometers, laser scanning confocal microscopes, and more.
Research groups also have a wide range of instrumentation in their lab which are specialized to specific research projects (TIRF microscope, Q-Exactive Orbitrap HRMS, FT-IR, Rheometer, ICP-MS), custom built (numerous EPR spectrometers, aerosol characterization instrumentation), or simply heavily used by a single research group (gloveboxes, spectrophotometers, FPLCs, HPLCs).
We are constantly working to acquire new cutting-edge or enabling instrumentation. Exciting highlights of new instrumentation in our department include an Edinburgh Instruments FS5 Fluorometer with an integrating sphere for absolute determination of fluorescence quantum yield and a new ICP-OES system.
In the next year we will take delivery of a new 3-channel Bruker 600 MHz NMR with a Prodigy cryoprobe system thanks to a recent award from the Major Research Instrumentation Program (NSF) - Equipment: MRI: Track 1 Acquisition of a 600 MHz NMR with Cryoprobe for the Greater Rocky Mountain Region, DBI-2320158.
The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is also proud of our responsible stewardship of precious He resources. We capture, compress, purify and reliquefy the evaporated He required for NMR magnets.