Students in Chem 311/312L explore the diverse aspects of physical and inorganic chemistry using modern instrumentation. This includes measurements of everything from basic physical properties, such as heats of combustion, to complex infrared spectra. The laboratory integrates computer interfacing throughout the curriculum, where students build graphical user interfaces to collect and analyze their results from experiments. Facilities include state-of-the-art pulsed lasers, used with modular spectrometers, to explore kinetics and spectroscopy.
In the advanced inorganic chemistry synthesis lab (CHEM 405L/605L) students carry out procedures to synthesize inorganic compounds under inert atmospheres. These include inorganic complexes important in medicine and nanomaterials. Traditional inorganic chemistry concepts and methods are combined with areas of inorganic chemistry not covered in lower level courses. By the end of the semester, students will completely describe their synthesis, experimental results, rationale and findings in American Chemical Society journal format.