Laboratory Instrumentation

Analytical Abilities for Research & Industry

Laboratories in the A.R. Smith Department of Chemistry are equipped with modern instrumentation which is used regularly by faculty and students. We can provide the following services to research and industry partners:
Analytical Separations and Mass Spectrometry
 Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS)
 Agilent 6890 GC with 5973 MS
 70 eV electron ionization with extensive library of compounds
 Autosampler w/ 100 sample carousel
 Purge and trap sample introduction with 70-vial autosampler
 Gas Chromatography with Flame Ionization Detector (GC-FID)
 Agilent 6850 Series II
 Autosampler w/ 27 sample carousel
 Headspace sample introduction with autosampler
 High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC)
 Dionex UltiMate 3000
 120-vial autosampler
 Photodiode array (PDA) detector
 Fraction collector
 Ion Chromatography (IC)
 Dionex ICS 1000 w/ anion exchange column and conductivity detector
 Dionex ICS 3000 w/ anion exchange column and conductivity detector and electrochemical detector
 Dionex MSQ
 Coupled to HPLC or IC
 Electrospray ionization (ESI) and atmospheric pressure chemical ionization (APCI) sources
 Quadrupole mass analyzer
 Leco Pegasus 4D GC/ TOFMS
Contact Persons: Mr. David Farrar,, 828-262-2967 (GC-MS and GC-FID)
Dr. Carol M. Babyak,, 828-262-2756 (HPLC and IC)
Elemental Analysis
 Inductively Coupled Plasma Optical Emission Spectrophotometer (ICP-OES)
 Varian 710 ES
 Autosampler
 Axial configuration
 Simultaneous system for rapid analysis
 Flame Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer (Flame AAS)
 Perkin Elmer 2100 with a variety of lamps to choose from
 Perkin Elmer C,H,N, S,O analyzer
Contact Person: Dr. Carol Babyak,, 828-262-2756
Molecular Spectroscopy
 Fourier Transform Infrared (FT-IR) Spectroscopy
 Thermo Scientific Nicolet 6700 FT-IR-Microscope
 Accessories for DRIFTS and ATR data collection
 Resolution: 0.5cm-1
 Thermo Scientific Nicolet 550 Magna FT-IR
 Accessories for DRIFTS and ATR data collection
 Resolution: 0.5cm-1
 Shimadzu IRAffinity-1
 Accessories for DRIFTS data collection
 Resolution: 0.5cm-1
 Raman Spectroscopy
 Enwave Optronics EZRaman
 785 nam diode laswer, 300-400 mW
 Resolution: 6cm-1
 Spectral coverage: 250 cm-1 to 2350 cm-1
 High sensitivity CCD array
 Integrated fiber optic probe
 Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Spectroscopy
 Varian Gemini 2000 300 MHz
 Dual broadband probe (1H/19F, 15N-31P)
 Variable temperature controller
 Experiments include: COSY, DEPT, HETCOR, HOMO2DJ, T1-analysis
 Ultra-violet Visible (UV-Vis) Spectroscopy
 Shimadzu UV-2401 PC double beam spectrophotometer
 Frequency range: 190-900nm
 Resolution: 0.1nm
 Shimadzu UV-2600 double beam spectrophotometer
 Frequency range: 185-900nm
 Resolution: 0.1nm
Contact Person: Mr. David Farrar,, 828-262-2967
Fluorescence Spectroscopy
 Horiba Jobin Yvon FluoroMax-4
 Xenon arc lamp source
 Excitation and emission monochrometers
 0.3 nm resolution
 Equipped with 1- and 2-m fiber optic probes, microwell plate reader, and standard 1-cm cuvettes
Contact Person: Dr. Al Schwab,, 828-262-6808
Fuel Lubricity
 PCS Instruments High Frequency Reciprocating Rig reciprocating friction and wear test system
 Fast, repeatable friction and wear measurement
 Microscope with digital camera
 Small, compact bench top system
 Preloaded with standard diesel fuel lubricity test procedures including ASTM D6079
 Built in digital humidity probe
Contact Person: Dr. Nicole Bennett,, 828-262-2758
 Bioanalytical Systems (BAS 100B) Electrochemical analyzer
 Cell stand can accommodate a variety of electrodes
 Hanging mercury drop electrode
 Rotating electrode cell stand
Contact Person: Dr. Carol Babyak,, 828-262-2756
Computational Quantum Chemistry
 64-bit PQS computer equipped with 16 3GHz Xeon processors
 Supports a variety of quantum chemistry packages including Gaussian03, PQS, GAMESS-US, QChem3.1, PSI3, and Cfour. Gaussian03 and its viewer, Gaussview4, are available for the windows environment as well.
 Supports a variety of graphical tools including Gabedit, ChemCraft, and PQS view
 A large set of methods including semi-empirical, ab-initio (RHF, ROHF, UHF, MCSCF, and CAS-SCF), DFT, MPn, CI, QCI, and coupled-cluster methods can be applied to ground and excited states of molecules
Contact Person: Dr. Steve Williams,, 828-262-2965
 Bioclave
 Standard autoclave for routine applications with digital controls
Contact Person: Dr. Libby Puckett,, 828-262-2754
 Beckman Coulter P/ACE MDQ Capillary Electrophoresis System
Contact Person: Dr. Libby Puckett,, 828-262-2754