Chemistry Laboratories

Chemistry Laboratories & Equipment

The chemistry department is proud to unveil a pair of brand new chemistry laboratories on second floor of recently renovated Heelan Hall.   

The department also maintains some of the most modern chemistry equipment available at any undergraduate program in the nation. The instruments are for student use in laboratories and research, giving Briar Cliff's chemistry undergrads valuable, hands-on experience:



Gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GCMS) system | This unit, installed thanks to a University Title III grant, has been used to identify everything from the scent of Lifesaver candies to the detection of cocaine on U.S. paper currency. The use of GCMS enables us to identify materials that were previously thought to have disintegrated beyond identification.


Agilent 2100 Bioanalyzer | This machine, which uses lab-on-a-chip technology, is used for DNA, RNA and protein analysis in biochemistry labs. It is one of the only such instruments in use in an instructional undergraduate lab in the United States.

FT-IR Spectrometer

Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectrometer | One of the department’s newest machines, this device uses infrared spectroscopy to identify and study chemicals. It has an advanced test reactor (ATR) to make the process faster.


Perkin-Elmer UV-Visible spectrophotometer | The machine uses ultraviolet light to identify and study materials, especially transition metals and highly conjugated organic compounds. The department used a grant from the Pittsburgh Conference (PittCon) to purchase this system.

HPLC System

High Pressure Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) System | This ISCO Gradient-brand HPLC is used to separate chemical compounds in mixtures for analysis or purification.

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Jacob Hindman in a science lab

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Jacob Hindman

Biochemistry/Business Double Major (’18)