Facilities and Instrumentation

Radford’s Department of Chemistry is housed in the Center for the Sciences, a state-of-the art facility with modern classrooms, teaching laboratories, research spaces, and student study rooms.



The department is equipped with modern instrumentation that is utilized in teaching and undergraduate research.


  • Agilent Cary 8454 UV-Vis spectrophotometer
  • Agilent 8453 diode-array UV-Vis spectrophotometer
  • Bruker Avance III HD 400 MHz NMR
  • Hitachi F-1200 florescence spectrophotometer
  • HP 8452 diode-array UV-Vis spectrophotometer
  • Nicolet IS50 FTIR with Continuµm microscope
  • Ocean Optics fiber optic UV-Vis spectrophotometer with pulsed xenon lamp
  • OBB OL-4300 megawatt nitrogen laser with OL-402 dye laser
  • Perkin-Elmer Spectrum One FTIR with ATR capability
  • Perkin Elmer Spectrum Two FT-IR spectrometer
  • Shimadzu ICPE-9000 emission spectrometer
  • Shimadzu RF-5301PC fluorescence spectrophotometer
  • Thermo Scientific DXR Smart raman spectrometer
  • Varian 3100 FT-IR with MCT-A, MCT-B, and TGS detectors and ATR, IRRAS, and diffuse reflectance capability
  • Varian AA240FS fast sequential atomic absorption spectrophotometer with SIPS and SPS3 sample preparation system


  • Combiflash Companion flash chromatography system
  • Dionex ICS-1600 ion chromatography system
  • Shimadzu 2010 GC with FID detector
  • Shimadzu 2010 GC with TCD and FID detectors
  • Shimadzu GCMS/MS TQ8040 (triple quad)
  • Shimadzu LCMS-8030 (Prominence UHPLC with PDA and triple quadrapole mass spectrometer)
  • Shimadzu Prominence UHPLC with UV and refractive index detectors
  • Shimadzu Prominence UHPLC with UV and refractive index detectors and fluorescence detector
  • Shimadzu Prominence Series HPLC with UV-Vis diode-array detector and ELSD-LTII evaporative light scattering detectors
  • Shimadzu QP2010 Ultra GC/MS


  • BASi electrochemical analyzer with C3 and CGME cells

Thermal Analysis

  • Parr bomb calorimeter
  • Perkin Elmer DSC7 differential scanning calorimeter
  • Perkin Elmer TGA7 thermogravimetric analyzer
  • TA Instruments DSC-2010 differential scanning calorimeter
  • TA Instruments Nano isothermal titration calorimeter
  • TA Instruments Q20 Differential Scanning Calorimeter
  • TA Instruments Q50 Thermogravimetric Analyzer

Inert Environment Related Equipment

  • Four stage oil diffusion pump
  • Magnetic susceptibility balance
  • mBraun Unilab 1200/780 glove box
  • Schlenk line

Biochemistry Related Equipment

  • Äkta start protein purification
  • LICOR 4300 DNA analyzer
  • Olis DSM-10 UV-VIS circular dichroism spectrophotometer
  • Wyatt Dynapro Nanostar dynamic light scattering instrument

Microwave Assisted Chemistry

  • CEM MARS microwave synthesis system
  • Milestone Ethos EZ microwave digestion labstation


  • Mettler MP50 melting point systems
  • Thermo Scientific flash HT CHNS-O elemental analyzer
  • Labconco Freezone 6 liter freeze dry system
  • Quantachrome NOVA 2200 surface area analyzer
  • Parr Instruments Series 4590 micro stirred reactor

Physical Testing

  • Mark-10 tensile tester


  • Glass blowing station