Facilities & Instrumentation

The Chemistry Department is located on the third floor of the Christopher Hall of Science and the recent David E. Reemsnyder Research Center, an $8.9 million building which houses facilities for organic chemistry teaching and research, analytical/biochemistry research, and general/analytical chemistry teaching.  These buildings are located at the heart of the Wesleyan campus and they also house the Departments of Biology, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics and Psychology. The close proximity of these departments facilitates interaction between departments in interdisciplinary courses, and in research that crosses traditional departmental boundaries.

Wesleyan is a small college of the liberal arts and sciences and our size enables us to give every student access to our scientific instrumentation. Our students obtain hands-on experience with equipment in both teaching labs and through independent research projects. The Chemistry Department has a wide variety of state-of-the-art chemical instruments, many of which were acquired within the past 10 years.

Our current capabilities include:


Infrared Spectroscopy

Jasco 4100 FTIR

MIRacle Single Reflection ATR

Perkin-Elmer Spectrum Two FTIR


Jasco FP-750 Spectrofluorometer

UV/Vis Spectroscopy

Ocean Optics USB4000 Fiber Optic UV/Vis Spectrometers (2)

Perkin-Elmer Lambda 40 Spectrophotometer

Atomic Spectroscopy

Perkin-Elmer Plasma 400 ICP-AE Spectrometer

Perkin-Elmer AAnalyst Atomic Absorption Spectrometer


Gas Chromatography

Hewlett-Packard 5890 Series II GC’s (2)

Hewlett-Packard 6850 Series GC

Vernier Mini GC (2)

High-Performance Liquid Chromatography

Hewlett-Packard 1100 HPLC System

Waters Alliance 2545/2489 HPLC System

Waters Alliance 2695/2489 HPLC System

Ion Chromatography

Dionex Ion Chromatograph

Mass Spectrometry

KJL AccuQuad Quadrupole Mass Spectrometer


Nanosurf EasyScan 2 AFM


BAS CV-27 Voltammograph

BAS CV-50W Votammetric Analyzer

BAS Controlled Growth Mercury Electrode

Sargent Electrolytic Analyzer


Parr Oxygen Bomb Calorimeters (2)

Parr Solution Calorimeter


Thermolyne 10500 Furnace

Vacuum Equipment

High vacuum system for the study of heterogeneous catalysis

Rotary Evaporators

Heidolph Brinkmann WB/G1 Collegiate

IKA RV10/HB10 Digital (2)

Photochemistry Equipment

Ace Glass 7861 Complete Photochemical Reaction Assembly

Ace Glass 7880 Microscale Photochemical Reaction Assembly

Oriel 500-W Hg/Xe Arc Lamp Source

Teaching Lab Equipment

MSRS DigiMelt Melting Point Apparatus (8)

Fisher Isotemp Digital Hotplates (24)

Glass Microscale Chemistry Kits (48)

Digital Data Acquisition Systems and Sensors

Vernier Lab Pro Interfaces (32)