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Department ofChemistry and Biochemistry

Facilities and Instrumentation


A $3.7 million modernization of Santa Clara's chemistry building, Daly Science, created a state-of-the-art teaching and research facility. Inside the building, 80 percent of the space was reconstructed, making room for five teaching laboratories that accommodate up to 24 students at a time, as well as faculty offices, nine faculty/student research laboratories, several instrument rooms, computer laboratories, and classrooms. We also have a teaching lab and four faculty labs and offices in the new wing of the Alumni Science building, which is adjacent to Daly Science. 

The renovated laboratories are equipped with state-of-the-art ventilation systems and fume hoods, and all lab benches are wired to accommodate computer networking. With the help of recent foundation grants, an excellent array of major instruments has been assembled for student and faculty use. Among these are a 400 MHz nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer; three Fourier transform infrared spectrometers; several computer-interfaced, ultraviolet-visible spectrometers, three refrigerated centrifuges, and a liquid scintillation counter. In addition, modern gas and liquid chromatography, electrochemical, and thermoanalysis equipment is available. Undergraduate students use these and other instruments in their course work and independent research projects.

Students also have access to several computer labs equipped with more than 30 PCs which are routinely replaced with newer models. Instruction in computer applications begins in the freshman course sequence and continues through the four-year program.


Major Equipment in SCU's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry for Undergraduate Instruction and Research

Santa Clara University chemistry and biochemistry students work with excellent experimental facilities including a 400 MHz NMR spectrometer.

Materials Testing Instruments

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance

Electrochemical Equipment

Separations Equipment

Mass Spectrometry

Optical Spectroscopy

  • Shimadzu UV-Vis spectrophotometer, VT capacity (2012)
  • Ocean Optics Spectrometer (8) (2012)
  • LSI VG-337A N2 Laser with Dye Laser and Frequency Doubler (2001)
  • Spex Fluorolog Spectrofluorimeter (2000)
  • Shimadzu AA-7000 Atomic Absorption Spectrometers (2017)
  • Olis RSM Circular Dichroism Spectrometer (1996, updated 2016)
  • Shimadzu 160 UV-VIS Spectrophotometer (1994)
  • Shimadzu 3101 UV-VIS-NIR Spectrophotometer (1989)
  • Cary 50 Spectrophotometers (2)(2004)
  • Molecular Devices Spectramax Gemini Fluorescence Plate Reader (2004)
  • Molecular Devices Spectramax 340 Absorbance Plate Reader (1997)
  • Molecular Devices SpectraMax i3x Multi-Mode Microplate Reader (2016)
  • Vernier UV-VIS Spectrophotometer (4) (2014)

Infrared Spectroscopy

Other Equipment

  • New Brunwick Incubator (2012)
  • Varian Prostar HPLC (2008)
  • CSBio 136 Automated Peptide Synthesizer (2008)
  • Misoniz XL Ultrasonic Cell Disruptor (tip sonicator) (2007)
  • Beckman Coulter Allegra X-22R Centrifuge (2005)
  • DuPont Sorvall RC-5C Centrifuge (2) (2001)    
  • Beckman LS6000IC Liquid Scintillation Counter (1989)
  • Du Pont Sorvall RC-5B Centrifuge (1989)
  • M Braun Glove Box (2001)
  • CEM Discover Initiator Microwave Synthesizer (2009)
  • Biotage Initiator Microwave Synthesizer (2009)
  • Fisher Scientific Isotemp CO2 Incubator (2012)
  • SP Scientific BenchTop Pro Lyophillizer (2015)