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Wright State’s chemistry department has teaching and research laboratories throughout Oelman Hall, Fawcett Hall, and the Brehm Lab, totaling more than 30,000 square feet of teaching and research space. The department has dedicated teaching laboratories for 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 and the Brehm Lab provide up to date teaching and research facilities to support the undergraduate and graduate teaching mission of the department. The chemistry department teaches hundreds of students in chemistry lectures and laboratories each fall.

The College of Science and Mathematics employs instrumentation specialists and maintains an electronics shop,  instrument shop, and instrumentation laboratories. One instrumentation library houses many of the department’s teaching instruments, while a second houses shared research instruments. Many professors also have their own research instruments.

Chemistry Instrumentation

Instruments enhance the teaching and research mission. The vast majority 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 these instruments. Below the pictures is a table of some of the instrumentation maintained by the department and its research faculty.



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


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


Department – 2009

Microwave Synthesizer

CEM – Discover/Explorer Hybrid

Department – 2009

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR)
NMR Training Program

Bruker – Avance 300

Department – 2004