Research & Instrumentation

Faculty members are excited to work on a variety of research projects with our students during the academic year in volunteer positions, for credit (see CHM 498/499), to work toward "Honors" or "Honors in the Major recognition," and in the summer as part of the Rollins Student-Faculty Summer Scholarship Program.  For more information about current projects and research opportunities, please contact individual members of the chemistry department at any time.  We have a variety of standard equipment available for use in the classroom and/or research.

Large instruments:

Perkin-Elmer Aanalyst 800 atomic absorption spectrometer (2004)

JEOL 300 MHz NMR spectrometer (2004)

Cary 100 UV-Vis spectrometers (2) with temperature control

Finnigan GCQ GC/MS

Hewlett-Packard HP 1100 high-performance liquid chromatography system (1999)

Photon Technology International Fluorimeter

Nicolet 380 FTIR Spectrometer (2008)

Rudolph Polarimeter (2009)

Innovative Technologies glove box and solvent system (2006)

Nanodrop UV-Vis spectrometer (2013)

Buchi Roto-Vap (2007)

Buchi Multivapor V-700

Agilent G1600A capillary electrophoresis system (1999)

Teledyne ISCO flash chromatography system

Paar DMA512 densitometer

Paar calorimeters

Barnstead D7031 EasyPure and NanoPure water purifiers (3; recent purchases)

Nusonics concentration meter

Burrell shaker

Branson 3200 sonic cleaner

High-vac capabilities


Standard small equipment: centrifuges/microfuges (including an ultracentrifuge), many ovens, freezers (-20˚C, Nuaire-80˚C), incubators, PCR thermal cyclers, water baths, nucleic acid/protein electrophoresis units (agarose and SDS-PAGE), BSL2 biological safety hoods (2013) 

Current Student Research

Diana Cox '14  is performing senior Honors in the Major research with Dr. Riley. 

Select Faculty Publications

Bernal, P. J., Water and Life in the International Year of Chemistry.  J. Chem. Educ., 2011, 88, 526-529.

Delp, S. A.; Goj, L. A.; Pouy, M. J.; Munro-Leighton, C.; Lee, J. P.; Gunnoe, T. B.; Cundari, T. R.; Petersen, J. L., Well-Defined Cu(I) Amido Complex and Aryl Iodides Reacting to Form Aryl Amines.  Organometallics, 2011, 30, 55-57.Goj, L. A., Widenhoefer, R. A.  Mechanistic Studies of Palladium-Catalyzed Diene Carbocyclizations; VDM Verlag Dr. Muller, 2011, 195 pages.

Gregor, R. W.; Goj, L. A., Solvent-Free Synthesis of 2,2’-Dinitrobiphenyl:  An Ullman Coupling in the Introductory Organic Laboratory.  J. Chem. Educ., 2011, 88, 331-333.

Gregor, R. W., Synthesis of Bisphenol Z:  an Organic Chemistry Experiment.  J. Chem. Educ., 2012, 89, 669-671.  

Reisner, B. A.; Stewart, J. L.; Williams, B. S.; Goj, L. A.; Holland, P. L.; Eppley, H. J.; Johnson, A. R., Virtual Inorganic Pedagogical Electronic Resource Learning Objects in Organometallic Chemistry.  J. Chem. Educ., 2012, 89, 185-187.

Riley, K. J. and Steitz, J. A., The "Observer Effect" in genome-wide surveys of protein-RNA interactions.  Molec. Cell, 2013, 49, 601-604.

Riley, K. J.; Rabinowitz, G. S.; Yario, T. A., Luna, J. M.; Darnell, R. B.; Steitz, J. A.  EBV and Human microRNAs Co-target Oncogenic and Apoptotic Viral and Human Genes During Latency.  EMBO J., 2012, 30, 2207-2221.

Riley, K. J.; Yario, T. A.; Steitz, J. A.  Association of Argonaute Proteins and microRNAs Can Occur After Cell Lysis.  RNA, 2012, 18, 1581-1585.