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The Department of Chemistry at Thomas More College has four main teaching laboratories, one research laboratory / demonstration storage room, and a chemical stockroom.  The teaching laboratories focus on General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Instrumental and Quantitative Analysis, Physical Chemistry, and Senior Research.

S403 – General Chemistry Laboratory
Courses taught in this laboratory include General Chemistry Laboratory I and II as well as Basic Chemistry Laboratory I and II.  This lab is also used at various times to stage chemical demonstrations for visiting groups.  The lab contains 144 individual student drawers containing lab equipment for students to use during experimentation.  Four chemical hoods provide ventilation for any hazardous fumes generated in the lab.  The hoods are equipped with aspirators for vacuum filtration.  An attached room (S 404) houses six high-precision analytical balances for student use.  Several experiments in the General Chemistry Laboratory curriculum use Vernier LoggerPro systems for student data acquisition.  Other pieces of laboratory equipment housed in this space include hotplates, stirrers, water chillers/heaters, and centrifuges.

S406 – Organic Chemistry Laboratory
Courses taught in this laboratory include Organic Chemistry Laboratory I and II, Chemistry in Everyday Life Laboratory, and Advanced Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory.  The lab is equipped with 19 individual student hoods and a number of student drawers for housing microscale organic lab kits and other necessary laboratory equipment.  This space also contains a chemical microwave (CEM Corporation MarsX) and a working gas chromatograph (HP 5890); other larger instrumentation for chemical analysis is located nearby in room S415.  Other pieces of laboratory equipment housed in this space include three refractometers, eight Spec-20 absorption spectrometers, and several Mel-Temp melting point determination apparatuses.

S408 – Senior Research Laboratory
Courses taught in this laboratory include Physical Chemistry Laboratory I and II.  This space ius also used by junior/senior chemistry majors participating in chemical research.  There are three vented chemical hoods and ample bench space for experimentation.  The lab contains a Parr solution calorimeter, a Parr oxygen bomb calorimeter, several ovens, a rotary evaporator, and various other pieces of laboratory equipment. 

S415 – Instrumental Laboratory
Courses taught in this space include Instrumental Analysis Laboratory and Quantitative Analysis Laboratory.  Additionally, the chemical instrumentation in this space serves nearly every chemistry lab course offered by the department.  Completely renovated in 2005, this lab space represents the majority of the department’s instrumentation.  Major pieces of chemical instrumentation include:

  • Thermo Electron Corporation Nicolet 380 Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometer (FT-IR) with an Attenuated Total Reflectance (ATR) attachment 
  • Horiba Jobin Yvon Fluoromax-3 Fluorometer
  • Agilent 8453 UV/Visible Absorption Spectrometer
  • Waters High Performance Liquid Chromatograph (HPLC) with Photodiode Array detector
  • Thermo Electron Corporation Trace-GC Ultra and DSQ (Gas Chromatograph Mass Spectrometer, GC/MS) with Direct Exposure Probe 
  • Thermo Electron Corporation IRIS Intrepid II XSP Inductively Coupled Plasma Atomic Emission Spectrometer (ICP-AES)
  • Anasazi Instruments EFT-60 Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectrometer (operating at 60 MHz)
  • Bioanalytical Systems Electrochemistry workstation

Other features of this lab space include one vented chemical hood for sample preparation, newly installed benchtops and cabinets, ten departmental laptops for use by students during experimentation, an overhead projector for student/faculty presentations, a dedicated gas delivery system capable of supplying needed gases to the instrumentation in this room, one high-precision analytical balance, and an icemaker!