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Research Facilities and Instrumentation - Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry


The Department occupies all three floors of the east wing of Griffith Hall, and contains the Department Office (located in GH 140), most of the faculty offices, and the teaching laboratories for all courses offered by the Department.

Research laboratories, used by both undergraduates and graduate students, are also located throughout this wing of Griffith Hall, as are several instrument core facilities, cold rooms and a constant temperature room.

Additional facilities available to students include: the Department Computer Cluster, a dedicated computer laboratory containing 16 PCs and two printers; the West Center for Computational Chemistry & Drug Discovery, home for over 2,000 processors for complex computer applications; our NMR Spectrometer Laboratory, available for sophisticated molecular structure analysis, and the Chemistry Core Facility, shared resources offering cutting-edge technologies, high-end instrumentation, technical support, education, and a wide range of services to the research community.

Chemical Instrumentation

The Department has a wide range of chemical instrumentation available for use by both undergraduate and graduate students in laboratory courses and in research projects, including:

  • Multimode microplate readers rapidly monitor absorbance, fluorescence, and luminescence from chemical or biochemical samples.
  • Super speed centrifuges are used to purify and concentrate biochemical samples.
  • Imaging platforms are available for routine visualization and quantitation of biochemical and radioactive experiments.
  • Calorimeters, including new state-of-the-art differential and isothermal microcalorimeters are used to determine the heat generated or absorbed during chemical and biological processes.
  • Chromatography systems, including high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), gas chromatography (GC), and fast protein liquid chromatography (FPLC) systems are used to separate, purify and help to identify molecules.
  • Powerful computer clusters are used for a variety of challenging molecular simulations.  Additionally, chemistry cluster computers with all necessary software are available for sophisticated data analysis and molecular modeling.
  • Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectrometers (NMR) and Mass Spectrometers (MS) may be used separately, or in combination to identify molecules, and to determine their structure.
  • Spectrophotometers are often used to determine the amount of a substance present in solution, or in a solid sample, by measurement of the absorption and fluorescence spectra of molecules in the ultraviolet, visible and/or infrared regions of the spectrum.
  • Anaerobic chamber


Madhu Mahalingam, PhD
Interim Chair, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry

Office Location:

Griffith Hall, 147D


University of the Sciences
600 South 43rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4495