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Research Facilities and Instrumentation


The department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Texas State University has access to a wide range of state of the art instrumentation and resources.  Listed below are the instruments that are available to researchers in our department.  While many of the instruments are housed within our department, we have access to multiple additional instruments housed within the College of Science and Engineering Analysis Research Service Center as well.


Biochemical Characterization/Processing

Instrument Name Faculty Contact Instrument Location
ABI Thermal Cycler   CENT 417
Accusterilizer AS12 Autoclave Dr. Kevin Lewis CHEM 222
AFP Imaging X-Ray Film Developer Dr. Kevin Lewis CHEM 219
Alpha Innotech Red Gel Documentation System   CENT 418
Beckman Avanti J-E Centrifuge   CHEM 330
Beckman Coulter DU730 UV/Vis Spectrophotometer Dr. Steve Whitten CENT 408
Beckman Coulter J-26XPi high performance centrifuge with JA-25.50 and JA-25.15 fixed angle rotors Dr. Tania Betancourt CENT 343
Beckman Coutler Allegra 6 Centrifuge Dr. Kevin Lewis CHEM 219
Beckman LS 60000IC Liquid Scintillation Counter   CENT 417E
Beckman Preparative Ultracentrifuge   CENT 403
Biacore X Surface Plasmon Resonance Dr. Wendi David CENT 401
Bio-Rad Biologic Low Pressure Chromatography System Dr. Steve Whitten CENT 408
Bio-rad iMARK micro plate reader   CENT 401A
BioRad Model 680 Microplate Reader Dr. Kevin Lewis CHEM 222
BioRad Smart-Spec Plus UV-Vis Spectrometers (3) Dr. Kevin Lewis CHEM 222
Biotek Synergy H4 Hybrid reader, multimode plate reader Dr. Tania Betancourt CENT 343
Bruker Autoflex MALDI/TOF/TOF   CHEM 338
Dionex nano-LC interfaced with LCQ   CHEM 306
Eppendorf 5804 Series Centrifuge   CHEM 306
Ettan Spot Picker   CENT 418
Fluorimeter   CENT 406
Genepix 4000B Scnr   CENT 418
Genetic Hybstation   CENT 417
Gilson High Pressure Liquid Chromatographs (2)   CENT 406
Hermle Labnet Z383K Centrifuge Dr. Kevin Lewis CHEM 219
INNOVA 4300 Incu Shaker   CENT 418
Invitrogen Cubit 2.0 DNA/RNA Protein Fluorometer Dr. Kevin Lewis CHEM 219
Jasco J-710 Circular Dichroism Spectropolarimeter Dr. Steve Whitten CENT 408
Kodak ImageStation 440CF Dr. Kevin Lewis CHEM 219
Labconco FreeZone 4.5L benchtop freeze dryer Dr. Tania Betancourt CENT 343
Malvern Zetasizer Nano-ZS with Autotitrator Dr. Tania Betancourt CENT 343
Micropipet Puller   CENT 417E
Millipore Milli-Q Integral 3 Water Purification System Dr. Steve Whitten CENT 408
Motorized Micromanipulaters   CENT 417E
New Brunswick IC2500 Refrigerated Shaking Incubator   CENT 403
Nikon Tetrad Dissection Microscope   CENT 403
Oxycycler Oxy Profile   CENT 417E.1
Panasonic MDF U56VCPA Ultra Low Freezer Dr. Kevin Lewis CHEM 219
Phospho Imager   CENT 418
Retsch Ball Mill   CENT 403
Savant Speed-Vac System   CENT 417
Server equipped with proteomics software for the LCQ (Discovery) and for the MALDI/TOF (Mascot)   CHEM 338
SpectraMAX 190 Microplate Spectrophotometer Dr. Kevin Lewis CHEM 218
Stratagene UV Stratalinker 2400 DNA Crosslinking Station Dr. Kevin Lewis CHEM 219
TC100 Ultracentrifuge - Rotors   CENT 418
Thermo Scientific Max Q 5000 Incubator Shaker Dr. Steve Whitten CENT 408
ThermoScientific Forma ClassII, A2 Biological Safety Cabinet   CENT 401A
Transmission Electron Microscope Biology Department SUPPLE
Trinocular Phase Contrast Microscope Dr. Kevin Lewis CHEM 219
Typhoon Wrk Stn   CENT 418
UVP Laboratory Products HB-1000 Hybridizer Incubator Dr. Kevin Lewis CHEM 219

Electrochemistry

Instrument Name Faculty Contact Instrument Location
4 Point Probe Conductivity Measurement Apparatus Physics Department MITTE
CH Instruments 430A Electrochemical Workstation with QCM Dr. Ben Martin CHEM 344
CH Instruments 620B Electrochemical Workstation Dr. Chang Ji CHEM 333
CH Instruments 660D Electrochemical Workstation Dr. Todd Hudnall CENT 347
Gamry PCI4/750 potentiostat/galvanostat Dr. Ben Martin CHEM 344
Gamry Reference 600 Potentiostat/Galvanostat/ZRA with Quartz Crystal Microbalance Dr. Jennifer Irvin CENT 342
Pine Biopotentiostat Dr. Ben Martin CHEM 344
Pine Bipotentiostat Dr. Jennifer Irvin CENT 342
Pine WaveNow Potentiostats (2) Dr. Jennifer Irvin CENT 342

Macromolecular Characterization/Processing

Instrument Name Faculty Contact Instrument Location
Stanford Research Systems Quartz Crystal Microbalance QCM 200 Dr. Jennifer Irvin CENT 342
110 Ton LS Injection Molder with Film Take Off Adapter Dr. Gary Beall STAR
4 Point Probe Conductivity Measurement Apparatus Physics Department MITTE
Atomic Force Microscope Physics Department MITTE
Beckman Avanti J-E Centrifuge   CHEM 330
Beckman Coulter J-26XPi high performance centrifuge with JA-25.50 and JA-25.15 fixed angle rotors Dr. Tania Betancourt CENT 343
Beckman Coutler Allegra 6 Centrifuge Dr. Kevin Lewis CHEM 219
Bruker Autoflex MALDI/TOF/TOF   CHEM 338
Bruker D8 Focus Powder X-Ray Diffractometer with Sol-X Solid State Detector Dr. Ben Martin CHEM 322
Carver heated platen press Dr. Gary Beall CENT 341
Contact Angle Meter Dr. Gary Beall CENT 341
Cumberland Grinder Dr. Gary Beall TECH 6
Dionex nano-LC interfaced with LCQ   CHEM 306
Eppendorf 5804 Series Centrifuge   CHEM 306
Eurolab Twin Screw Extruder Dr. Gary Beall STAR
Fisher Sonicating Horn Dr. Jennifer Irvin CENT 342
Gaertner LSE Ellipsometer Dr. William Brittain CHEM 240
Gardner Dart Impact Dr. Gary Beall CENT 341
Haake Torque Rheometer with mixing head and extruder (single & counter twin screw) Dr. Gary Beall CENT 341
Hermle Labnet Z383K Centrifuge Dr. Kevin Lewis CHEM 219
Injection Molder Dr. Gary Beall CENT 341
Instron Tensile Tester   CHEM 330
LS Injection Molder   TECH 6
Malvern Zetasizer Nano-ZS with Autotitrator Dr. Tania Betancourt CENT 343
Mass Loss Calorimeter Dr. Gary Beall CENT 341
Mocon Gas Permeation Measurement Stations (6) Dr. Gary Beall CENT 341
Molecular Beam Epitaxy System equipped with STEM and XPS Physics Department MITTE
NanoSight Brownian Motion Microscope Dr. Gary Beall CENT 341
Notched Izod Impact Dr. Gary Beall CENT 341
Rame Hart Model 200-F1 Goniometer Dr. William Brittain CHEM 240
Scanning Electron Microscopes Physics Department MITTE
Server equipped with proteomics software for the LCQ (Discovery) and for the MALDI/TOF (Mascot)   CHEM 338
Simulated Solid Rocket Motor Dr. Gary Beall TECH 6
Sonicating horn   CENT 341
TA Q200 Modulated Differential Scanning Calorimeter (DSC) Dr. Gary Beall CHEM 322
TA Q50 Thermogravimetric Analyzer (TGA) Dr. Gary Beall CHEM 322
TA Q800 Dynamic Mechanical Thermal Analyzer (DMTA) Dr. Gary Beall CHEM 322
Tensile Tester, MTS/Sintech Model 1/D Dr. Gary Beall CENT 341
Thermo Scientific Haake MiniJet II, MiniLab II Dr. Gary Beall CHEM 322
Transmission Electron Microscope Biology Department SUPPLE
Viscotec GPC with RI Detector (THF) Dr. William Brittain CHEM 240

Spectroscopy/Spectrometry/Microscopy

Instrument Name Faculty Contact Instrument Location
Viscotec GPC with triple detector   CHEM 325
Waters Gel Permeation Chromatograph Dr. Gary Beall CENT 341
4 Point Probe Conductivity Measurement Apparatus Physics Department MITTE
Agilent Technologies Gas Chromatograph/Mass Spectrometer equipped with FID and ECD (GC/MS) Dr. Chang Ji CHEM 333
AMG EVOS FL digital LED-based transmission and fluorescence microscope Dr. Tania Betancourt CENT 343
Atomic Force Microscope Physics Department MITTE
Beckman Coulter DU730 UV/Vis Spectrophotometer Dr. Steve Whitten CENT 408
Beckman DU 7400 UV-Visible Spectrophotometer   CHEM 328
Biacore X Surface Plasmon Resonance Dr. Wendi David CENT 401
BioRad Model 680 Microplate Reader Dr. Kevin Lewis CHEM 222
BioRad Smart-Spec Plus UV-Vis Spectrometers (3) Dr. Kevin Lewis CHEM 222
Bruker Autoflex MALDI/TOF/TOF   CHEM 338
Bruker Avance 400 MHz FT NMR Dr. Todd Hudnall CHEM 337
Bruker D8 Focus Powder X-Ray Diffractometer with Sol-X Solid State Detector Dr. Ben Martin CHEM 322
Bruker Tensor 27 FTIR with ATR and DRIFT Dr. William Brittain CHEM 240
Fluorimeter   CENT 406
Gaertner LSE Ellipsometer Dr. William Brittain CHEM 240
High vacuum molecular beam laser spectroscopy instrumentation   CHEM 103
Infrared Microscope Physics Department MITTE
Invitrogen Cubit 2.0 DNA/RNA Protein Fluorometer Dr. Kevin Lewis CHEM 219
Jasco J-710 Circular Dichroism Spectropolarimeter Dr. Steve Whitten CENT 408
Molecular Beam Epitaxy System equipped with STEM and XPS Physics Department MITTE
Nikon Tetrad Dissection Microscope   CENT 403
Ocean Optics USB400 UV-Vis Spectrophotometer Dr. William Brittain CHEM 240
Ocean Optics USB400 UV-Vis Spectrophotometer with fiber-optic dip probe Dr. Chang Ji CHEM 333
Perkin Elmer Model 2280 Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer   CHEM 226
Perkin-Elmer Spectrum One FT Infrared Spectrophotometer Dr. Ben Martin CHEM 221
Raman Spectrophotometer Physics Department MITTE
Rigaku SCX-Mini Single Crystal X-Ray Diffractometer Dr. Ben Martin CHEM 322
Scanning Electron Microscopes Physics Department MITTE
SpectraMAX 190 Microplate Spectrophotometer Dr. Kevin Lewis CHEM 218
Thermo Scientific, Nicolet iS5 FT-IR Spectrometer   CHEM 229
Transmission Electron Microscope Biology Department SUPPLE

Other

Instrument Name Faculty Contact Instrument Location
Trinocular Phase Contrast Microscope Dr. Kevin Lewis CHEM 219
Varian Cary 100 Bio UV-Visible Spectrophotometer with CA-30 Diffuse Reflectance Integrating Sphere Accessory and Peltier Temperature Controlled Cell Holder Dr. Ben Martin CHEM 221
Waters Synapt G2 UPLC Ion Mobility Mass Spectrometer Dr. Alexander Kornienko CHEM 318
2 liter Parr Pressure Reactor and Controller Dr. Gary Beall CENT 341
–20 °C Freezer   CHEM 338
ISCO Model 260D and Model 100DM Supercritical Fluid pumps with a Series D pump controller Dr. Gary Beall CENT 341
MBraun glove box Dr. Ben Martin CHEM 344
MBraun Unilab Glove Box Dr. Jennifer Irvin CENT 342
Nuaire Glacier (-86 °C) freezer, 17.1 cu. ft. Dr. Tania Betancourt CENT 343
Parallel Quantum Solutions 32-Core 64-bit QuantumCube Dr. William Brittain/Dr. Todd Hudnall CHEM 118
Supercritical Fluid Reactors Dr. Gary Beall CENT 341
TA Q200 Modulated Differential Scanning Calorimeter (DSC) Dr. Gary Beall CHEM 322
TA Q50 Thermogravimetric Analyzer (TGA) Dr. Gary Beall CHEM 322
TA Q800 Dynamic Mechanical Thermal Analyzer (DMTA) Dr. Gary Beall CHEM 322
Vacuum Atmospheres Glove Box Dr. Jennifer Irvin CENT 342
Vacuum Atmospheres Omni-Lab Glove Box System Dr. Todd Hudnall CENT 347
VWR Critical Storage (-25 °C) Undercounter Laboratory Freezer, 5.4 cu. Ft Dr. Tania Betancourt CENT 343

Separations

Instrument Name Faculty Contact Instrument Location
Agilent Technologies 1120 Compact HPLC Dr. Chang Ji CHEM 333
Agilent Technologies Gas Chromatograph/Mass Spectrometer equipped with FID and ECD (GC/MS) Dr. Chang Ji CHEM 333
Bio-Rad Biologic Low Pressure Chromatography System Dr. Steve Whitten CENT 408
Dionex nano-LC interfaced with LCQ Dr. Liqin Du CHEM 306
Finnegan LCQ Classic Liquid Chromatograph/Mass Spectrometer Dr. Liqin Du CHEM 306
Gilson High Pressure Liquid Chromatographs (2)   CENT 406
IT Solvent Purification System Dr. Todd Hudnall CENT 347
Millipore Milli-Q Integral 3 Water Purification System Dr. Steve Whitten CENT 408
PureSolv MD7 Solvent Purification System Dr. Alexander Kornienko CHEM 323
Varian 3300 Gas Chromatograph   CHEM 221
Varian Gas Chromatograph Dr. William Brittain CHEM 240
Vernier Mini GC Plus Gas Chromatographs (2)   CHEM 229
Viscotec GPC with RI Detector (THF) Dr. William Brittain CHEM 240
Viscotec GPC with triple detector   CHEM 325
Waters Gel Permeation Chromatograph Dr. Gary Beall CENT 341
Waters Synapt G2 UPLC Ion Mobility Mass Spectrometer Dr. Liqin Du/Dr. Kornienko CHEM 318