Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

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Facilities, Computational, and Analytical Resources

SFSU and College Hosted Analytical Facilities

Computational Chemistry and Visualization Lab (CCV)

  • 48-core shared department cluster ("gibbs") with Gaussian09, GaussView, AMBER, and MATLAB
  • Lab of 16 Windows PC desktop systems with Spartan, GaussView, VMD, ChemDraw, Mathematica, MATLAB, MS Office, etc.
  • For information, contact (contact Prof. Anton Guliaev)

NMR Spectrometers

  • Bruker 500 MHz NMR   (2007)
  • Bruker 500 MHz NMR with cryoprobe (2017)

Mass Spectrometers

  • Bruker Autoflex MALDI-TOF mass spectrometer
  • Thermo LTQ LC/MS/MS Ion Trap mass spectrometer
  • Thermo Q Exactive hybrid quadrupole-orbitrap high res. LC/MS/MS
  • For information, contact (contact Dr. Robert Yen)

FTIR Spectrometers

  • Nicolet 4700 FTIR spectrometer (with MCT-A liquid N2 cooled detector)
  • Nicolet Avatar 370 FTIR spectrometer  (two instruments)

UV/VIS Spectroscopy, Spectrofluorimeters, and Microplate Readers

  • Biotek PowerWave spectrophotometer
  • Molecular Devices ThermoMax Filter-Based microplate reader
  • Jasco J-810 MCD spectropolarimeter 
  • Molecular Devices SpectraMax M5 microplate reader
  • Molecular Devices SpectraMax 190 microplate reader
  • PTI spectrofluorometer
  • BML Laboratories filter-based spectrofluorometer
  • Molecular Devices SpectraMax M5 spectrofluorometer
  • Horiba Fluorolog 3 spectrofluorimeter with Peltier Cooling and Micromax 384 plate reader

Misc Spectrometers

  • Varian SpectrAA 220FS atomic absorption spectrophotometer
  • Agilent 4100 Microwave Plasma Atomic Emission Spectrometer (MP-AES)
  • Olympus-Innov-X Delta model handheld Energy Dispersive X-Ray Fluorescence Spectrometer (ED-XRF)
  • Varian E-12 EPR spectrometer with Oxford Instruments liquid helium cryostat (contact Prof. Andrew Ichimura)

Gas and Liquid Chromatographs

  • Several shared department GC and HPLC instruments:  HP 6890, HP 5890, Waters and Agilent HPLCs


  • Three shared Sorval centrifuges

Miscellaneous Resources

  • DuPont RC-5B and 2 RC-5C Refrigerated Centrifuges
  • Shared lyophilization apparatus

Shared with the Romberg Tiburon Center

  • Sartorius SE2 Ultramicrobalance
  • Costech ECS4010 Elemental Analyzer with autosampler
  • Shimadzu VCSH Total Organic Carbon Analyzer with autosampler for dissolved C and N

Shared with the Department of Biology

  • Beckman Models L and L3-50 Ultracentrifuges
  • Packard Model 3320 Liquid Scintillation Spectrometer

Shared with the Department of Earth and Climate Sciences

  • Bruker D8 ADVANCE Powder X-Ray Diffractometer (XRD)

[Last updated 7-31-17 by m.a.]