The Chemistry Department occupies most of the Keyes Science Building, which has undergone extensive remodeling in the past decade with new research and teaching laboratories for courses in general chemistry, analytical chemistry, physical chemistry, biochemistry, inorganic chemistry, and instrumental analysis. Our instrumentation and equipment holdings are extensive and include a 500 MHz Fourier Transform/Nuclear Magnetic Resonance spectrometer (FT/NMR), an inductively coupled plasma emission spectrometer, a single crystal X-ray diffractometer, and a nanosecond laser flash photolysis spectrometer. All greatly expand our ability to investigate organic, inorganic, and biological molecules. Students have access to all of our instruments through the introductory courses, advanced courses, and independent research.
Our natural sciences computing resources have seen tremendous investment the last few years. These capabilities allow us to fully examine spatial and electronic interactions contained in both simple and complex molecular systems.
Computer interfaced experimental work is provided in both the introductory and upper-level laboratories.
The 7 Lakes Alliance provides laboratory and dock space on Great Pond, Belgrades Lakes, Maine to support our field programs. Floating laboratories (pontoon boats) with full navigation and water sampling equipment supports geochemical studies of nearby lakes. A research buoy provides real-time data on lake water quality streamed live from our web servers at Colby.