Department of Chemistry


The Department of Chemistry has teaching and research laboratories throughout Oelman Hall, Fawcett Hall, and the Brehm Laboratories. The department has over 30,000 square feet of teaching and research space. The department has dedicated teaching laboratories for the following disciplines: inorganic, organic, physical, environmental, quantitative analysis, and instrumentation chemistry courses. Every faculty member has their own independent research facilities. The department supports a Research Instrument Center located on the Oelman Hall fourth floor next to some of the chemistry research faculty.

Recent renovations of Oelman Hall (constructed in 1966) and the Brehm Laboratories (constructed in 1973) provide up to date teaching and research facilities to support the undergraduate and graduate teaching mission of the department. Each fall the chemistry department teaches nearly 2500 students in chemistry lectures and laboratories.

The Chemistry Department has facilities and personnel to support both the research and teaching missions of the department.. The College of Science and Mathematics employs two instrumentation specialists, maintains an electronics shop with an electronics technicians, and maintains an instrument shop. The department has two instrumentation laboratories. One houses many of the department teaching instruments, while a second laboratory houses shared research instruments. In addition many professors have their own research instruments.

The entire university is networked with cable and wireless connections for easy data transport between research sites, offices and laboratories. Researchers and faculty have access to the Ohio Supercomputer Center, a statewide resource that offers supercomputing services and computational science expertise. Students, faculty and staff have on-campus and remote access to a full range of scientific databases (e.g., SciFinder, Science Citation Index) and electronic journals through the Wright State University Libraries, a member of the OhioLINK consortium.

Chemistry Instrumentation

In the past few years the Department of Chemistry has obtained over 20 new instruments to enhance the teaching and research mission. The vast majority of these are available for "hands-on" use in our undergraduate teaching laboratories, though they share a dual mission for the research enterprise. Click on the pictures below to see an expanded view of instruments in the Department of Chemistry. Below the pictures is a table of some of the instrumentation that is maintained by the Department of Chemistry and research faculty.

Instrument Manufacturer–Model Responsibility/Year Installed
Atomic Absorption (AA)  with Graphite Tube (AA-GTA) Varian – 240FS Department – 2006/2010
Atomic Force Microscope Molecular Imaging/Agilent – PicoSPM II Dr. Higgins
Centrifuge (PDF) Beckman Coulter – Avanti J-E EAF – 2003
Differential Scanning Calorimeter (DSC) TA Instruments – Q200 Department/ Dr. Fossum – 2007
Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometer (FT-IR) Thermo Scientific – Nicolet 6700 Department – 2009
Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometer (FT-IR) Thermo Scientific – Nicolet iS 50 Department – 2012
Gas Chromatograph (GC) Varian/Agilent CP-3800 Department – 2005
Gas Chromatograph-Mass Spectrometer (GC-MS) Agilent – HP5975 Department – 2010
Gas Chromatograph-Mass Spectrometer (GC-MS) Agilent – HP5973 Department – 1997
Gel Permeation Chromatograph (GPC) Viscotek – T270 Dr. Fossum – 2000, 2010
High Performance Flash Chromatograph Biotage – Horizon Dr. Ketcha
High Performance Liquid Chromatograph (HPLC) with Fluorescence Detector Varian/Agilent – ProStar Department – 2005,2009
Inductively Coupled Plasma Varian/Agilent – 710 ICP-OES Department – 2008
Ion Chromatograph (IC) Dionex – ICS-1500 Dr. Higgins/EAF
Ion Chromatograph (IC) Dionex – ICS-1600 Department – 2015
Liquid Chromatograph - Quadrupole Mass Spectrometer Agilent – 6120B LC/MS Department – 2011
Microwave Synthesizer CEM – MARS Department/Dr. Ketcha – 2009
Microwave Synthesizer CEM – Discover/Explorer Hybrid Department/Dr. Ketcha – 2009
Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR)
NMR Training Program
Bruker – Avance 300 Department/ Dr. Feld – 2004
Raman Spectrometer Horiba Jobin Yvon Inc. – LabRam HR 800 Dr. Pavel – 2009
Solid Phase Synthesizer Argonaut – FirstMate Dr. Ketcha
Surface Area and Porosity Measurement System Micromeritics – TriStar II 3020 Dr. Higgins/EAF – 2009
Thermogravimetric Analyzer (TGA) TA Instruments – Q500 Department – 2009
Time of Flight Mass Spectrometer (TOF-MS) Bruker – Bio TOFIII Dr. Gilpin – 2004
UV-Vis Spectrophotometer Varian/Agilent – Cary 50 Department – 2010
UV-Vis Spectrophotometer Varian/Agilent – Cary 50 Dr. Pavel – 2009
X-Ray Powder Diffractometer Rigaku – Miniflex II Desktop Department/Dr. Grossie – 2009
X-Ray Diffractometer, Single Crystall Bruker – Smart X2S Dr. Grossie – 2011