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Chemistry collaborative summer research

Facilities and Instruments

The Department of Chemistry offices and laboratories are located in Murdock Hall. Murdock Hall, built in 1982, houses the Departments of Chemistry and Biology.

The Department has four main laboratories which are designed for general chemistry, organic chemistry, physical chemistry, and analytical chemistry with shared facilities for instruction in biochemistry. Most of the laboratories are equipped with numerous computer stations to aid in the collection and processing of experimental data. 

With a generous donation from the W.M. Keck Foundation, Linfield will break ground on a new state-of-the-art science center mid-2021. 


The Chemistry Department strives to provide its faculty and students with current instrumentation for use in classes and in support of ongoing research. The department's instrumentation covers a range of spectrometers, chromatographs, electrochemical equipment, and specialty equipment for characterization of materials.

The department also maintains collaborations with Linfield’s physics and biology departments and the Linfield Research Institute (LRI) for access to additional equipment including centrifuges, electron microscope, and surface analysis equipment (Auger, STM, TEM).

In addition, the department maintains its own computer platform for computational methods, LAN, and several clusters of PCs for student use.



  • Shimadzu UV-2600 scanning spectrophotometer with Peltier temperature controller
  • Shimadzu RF-6000 scanning spectrofluorimeter
  • Shimadzu BioSpec-nano - micro-volume photo-diode spectrophotometer
  • Shimadzu AA-6300 atomic absorption spectrometer
  • Ocean Optics photo-diode spectrophotometer/spectrofluorimeter with temperature controlled cell
  • Ocean Optics photo-diode spectrophotometer (4)
  • Vernier SpectroVis (10)


  • Brüker Alpha Series FT-IR with ATR accessory
  • DeltaNu Solution 532 Raman spectrometer (with NuScope and macro Raman capabilities)
  • Raman microscope (532 and 632 nm lasers, CVI Digikrom 0.25-m monochromator, Apogee thermoelectrically cooled CCD)

Magnetic Resonance:

  • Anasazi FT-NMR (Varian magnet with ¹H and ¹³C probe)


  • Shimadzu GCMS QP2010S - Capillary Gas Chromatograph with mass spectrum detector with autosampler
  • Shimadzu GC2014 Gas Chromatograph - Packed/530 μm columns with Flame Ionization and Thermal
  • Conductivity detectors with autosampler
  • Agilent 1260/1290 Infinity II - High Performance Liquid Chromatograph (with autosampler and UV detector)
  • General Electric ÄKTA Pure - Fast Protein Liquid Chromatograph


  • Pine Instruments - AFCBP1 Bipotentostat with rotating disc electrode
  • EG&G Princeton Applied Research Model 264A Polarographic Analyzer/Stripping Voltameter
  • EG&G Princeton Applied Research Model 379 Digital Coulometer
  • EG&G Princeton Applied Research Model 362 Scanning Potentiostat
  • Pine Instruments WaveNow potentiostat

Surface and Materials synthesis and characterization

  • Brookhaven ZetaPlus Zeta Potential Analyzer
  • Nanosight LM10 - particle size analyzer
  • Nima Technology Model 611 Langmuir-Blodgett Trough
  • Tousimis Sandri-795 Critical Point Dryer

Other Instruments

  • Anton Paar Alcolyzer with Laboratory Density Meter DMA 4500M
  • Rudolph Research Analytical Autopol I 100mm Polarimeter with Peltier temperature controller
  • 2 - PSSC Labs Dual hex-core Xeon webservers - Gaussian workstations
  • Vacuum Atmosphere Co. HE-63-P dry box