Research Facilities and Instrumentation

Research facilities and resources in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry are essential infrastructures for cutting-edge research, student training, and the professional development of faculty.

In addition to individual, well-equipped research laboratories, our faculty members also share other facilities at the Large Lakes Observatory, the Natural Resources Research Institute, the School of Medicine and the College of Pharmacy as well as the University of Minnesota Twin Cities.

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry has a strong and growing inventory of research and teaching instrumentation (see below). The Swenson College of Science and Engineering coordinates shared instruments between departments and organizations.


Mass Spectrometers

High-resolution LC-QTOF: Bruker micrOTOF-QIII, with ESI or APCI sources. Attached to Thermo Ultimat 3000 HPLC and autosampling unit. More Information.

GC-MS: Agilent 7890A GC with 5975C MS.

GC-MS: Agilent 7890B GC with 5977 Series MSD.

NMR Spectrometers

Bruker Avance III HD 400 MHz high performance digital NMR spectrometer with Ascend 400 MHz Long Hold time superconducting magnet system, 54 mm bore.

Nanalysis NMReady Pro60 benchtop NMR spectrometer.

500MHz Varian instrument with autotuner, low temperature capability and three probes. Specifications: Dual Broadband for proton NMR; F–19 and H–1 in one channel and a large variety of nuclei including C–13, P–31, B–11, O–17, Xe–129; I–127, and others 10mm broadband probe for nuclei ranging from N–15 to Rh–103; and Triple resonance HCX probe.

EPR Spectrometers

Varian X-band EC1365 EPR Spectrometer EPR spectrometer, controlled via computer interface and capable of handling room- or 77 K temperatures.

Magnettech MS-5000X Benchtop X-band EPR spectrometer with cryogenic temperature capability.

X–ray Crystallographic Spectrometer

Rigaku Rapid II XRD system, with curved image plate detector, Cu or Mo X-ray sources, nitrogen generating system, and cryogenic crystal cooling capability.


GC and HPLC ThermoScientific Ultimate 3000 with Diode Array Detector and Fluorescence Detector.


UV–Visible, CD and MCD, Fluorescence, Near Infrared, FTIR, and Raman.


Differential scanning calorimeter, bomb calorimeter Parr 6200 and liquid calorimeter.


Floor-model centrifuges, BioRad MJ Mini Personal Thermal Cycler, Large floor-model incubator shakers for cell culturing, -80°C freezers, BioRad Gel Doc imaging platforms, Walk-in refrigerated cold rooms, Radioactivity room, Voltammetric Analyzer, Inert atmosphere glove box