Equipment and Resources
The department is equipped with modern instrumentation for use in teaching labs and research. The small class size at Wittenberg allows students to have lots of hands-on experience with this instrumentation.
Instrumentation in the department:
-Mettler Toledo DSC 1 differential scanning calorimeter
-Cary Eclipse fluorescence spectrometer
-DeltaNu 633 Advantage Raman spectrometer
-Infrared spectrometers (Perkin Elmer Spectrum BX, Mattson RS10000, Nicolet Avatar 360 with external MCT detector, Perkin Elmer 1600, Mattson Sirius 100)
-FT-NMR spectrometer (Varian EM360L, with Anasazi EFT-60 upgrade)
-Gas chromatographs with thermal conductivity detection (Gow Mac 400 and Gow Mac series 550P)
-Varian 3700 gas chromatograph with electron capture and flame ionization detection.
-High pressure liquid chromatographs with UV detection (Michrom Bioresources Magic,Varian 5020)
-Finnigan MAT LCQ liquid chromatograph/mass spectrometer
-Fisher Biotech FB 452 gel electrophoresis
-SpectraPhysics Nd:YAG laser
-Ocean Optics HR2000 high resolution visible spectrometer
-NanoSurf Easyscan scanning tunneling microscope
-Buchi Syncore combinatorial synthesizer
-ThermoSpectronic Genesys 20 spectrometers
-Spectronic 20D spectrometers
-Tektronix TDS3032B digital oscilloscope
Other instrumentation at Wittenberg
-Hitachi S2460N variable pressure scanning electron microscope with Kevex EDS chemical analyzer.
Computers in Chemistry
Computers are now in all labs throughout the world of chemistry and the Department has kept pace with the rapid growth of this technology. We have 40+ computers in the chemistry department including laptop computers for use in the general chemistry lab and 3-D workstation computers in the Computational Chemistry Lab. Two parallel computing clusters, one with 30 processors and a second with 50 processor cores and two Tesla GPUs, are located in the BDK Science Center. Wittenberg faculty and students have also taken advantage of other computing resources available through a very high speed statewide network.
All courses in the department that are designed for science majors incorporate computers in a variety of ways. This includes data acquisition, data analysis, modest and state-of-the-art computational labs, and Computer Assisted Instruction in the form of several tutorial programs. All Chemistry students become familiar with data acquisition, data analysis using spreadsheets and molecular modeling programs. All computers are networked and have internet access.