Loyola University Chicago

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry


In addition to the standard research/teaching equipment common to every chemistry department (UV-vis, FTIR, GC, HPLC, CD, etc.) the department houses several specialized facilities for NMR, mass spectrometry, and computation. Details of those facilities can be found below. In addition, the department’s faculty host sets of equipment dedicated to, for example, electrochemistry (electrochemically active planar waveguide), materials (Bruker Tensor 37 IR with IRRAS capabilities, Kurt J. Lesker Nano38 thermal evaporator, Gaertner Stokes Ellipsometer, Shimadzu 2550 UV-vis with ISR-2200 integrating sphere), macromolecular crystallization (Gryphon liquid handling system/crystallization robot), environmental analysis (TXRF), and surface patterning (NanoInk NSCRIPTOR DPN/AFM). Optical and electron microscopy facilities (including SEM and TEM) are hosted within Loyola’s Bioimaging Facility. Finally, the department is also home to an electronics shop for equipment maintenance, repair, and custom construction.

NMR Facilities

  • Varian Inova 500 MHz, a multinuclear, 3 channel broadband, triple axis gradient spectrometer capable of indirect detect and all modern NMR techniques
  • Varian Inova 300 MHz, a multinuclear, dual broadband, single axis gradient spectrometer capable of all two dimensional experiments
  • Varian Gemini 2000 300 MHz, a system dedicated to routine proton and carbon experiments

Mass Spectrometer Facilities

  • ThermoFinnigan Advantage LC-Q Ion Trap LC/MS with Nanospray and APCI capability
  • ThermoFinnigan Trace GC/MS with Negative Chemical Ionization
  • Agilent 6460 Triple Quadrupole with an Infinity 1290 LC

Computational Facilities

  • Apple Xserve cluster with 84 quad-core and 20 eight-core Xeon processors and state-of-the-art graphics terminals
  • Apple Xserve G5 64-processor cluster
  • 2 Linux-based 20-processor clusters

Large scale simulations on these systems are mainly employing Gaussian03, Gausian09 and Spartan programs for quantum chemistry, CHARMM and Q programs for molecular dynamics, and Mathematica 6.0.3 software for statistical and physical applications. In addition, there are six dual-processor Power Mac G5 workstations and 15 dual-core Intel workstation for additional computations and 3-D molecular graphics.