Department of Chemistry

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/BCH 498/499), to work toward "Honors" or "Honors in the Major" recognition, or in the summer as part of the Rollins Student-Faculty Summer Scholarship Program.  

Student Faculty Collaborative Scholarship Program

Luke Parsley '19 and Ben Grant '19 earned funding through our summer Student-Faculty Collaborative Scholarship Program to work with Dr. Riley to explore the role of small RNA molecules produced by viruses in cancer cells.

Outstanding Facilities

With the 2013 renovation of the Bush Science Center, the six research labs in the Rollins chemistry department were outfitted with top-notch research equipment that allows our students to publish their research in biochemistry, organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, physical chemistry, and analytical chemistry.

Chemistry Research at Rollins

Dr. Ellane Park develops gold nanoparticles with chemistry majors Tyler Lafferty '17 and Ibrahim Musri '16 as part of a year-long research project in her lab.

New Research Facilities

The Bush science building offers access to several instruments including the JEOL 300 MHz NMR spectrometer. Dr. Laurel Habgood works with Evans Hedges '16 to analyze the effects of a novel catalyst using the NMR. 

Chemistry Department Instrumentation

The Chemistry Department is housed in the newly renovated Bush Science Center.  Within our teaching and research laboratories, we have diverse equipment for studies in biochemistry and analytical, inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry.  These include, but are not limited to, the following:

Large instruments:
Perkin-Elmer Aanalyst 800 atomic absorption spectrometer
JEOL 300 MHz NMR spectrometer
Cary 100 UV-Vis spectrometers with temperature control
Hewlett-Packard HP 1100 high-performance liquid chromatography system
Photon Technology International Fluorimeter
Nicolet 380 FTIR Spectrometer
Rudolph Autopol I Polarimeter                                             
Perkin Elmer Clarus 480 GC
Innovative Technologies glove box and solvent system
Nanodrop UV-Vis spectrometer
Buchi Roto-Vap and Multivapor V-700
Agilent G1600A capillary electrophoresis system
Paar DMA512 densitometer
Paar calorimeters
Barnstead D7031 EasyPure and NanoPure water purifiers
Anton-Paar DSA 5000M density & sound velocity meter
Promega multi jr luminometer
NuVant Systems EZstat-pro LC Potentiostat
BioTek HTX multimode UV/Vis luminescence plate reader
Rayonet chamber photoreactor
High-vac capabilities

Standard small equipment: centrifuges/microfuges (including an ultracentrifuge), Burrell shaker, many ovens, Branson 3200 sonic cleaner, freezers (-20˚C,-80˚C), incubators, PCR thermal cyclers, water baths, nucleic acid/protein electrophoresis units (agarose and SDS-PAGE), BSL2 biological safety hoods, Thermosafe dry ice maker, SpectroVis Plus spectrophotometers