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Facilities & Instrumentation

Department of Chemistry and Physics


The Department of Chemistry and Physics is housed in the 80,000 square-foot UofSC Aiken Science building, which ishome to both the Department of Chemistry and Physics and the Department of Biology and Geology. This building has two 1,000 square-foot greenhouses and seventeen research laboratories. In addition, each faculty member has a private office and his or her own personal laboratory, which is utilized solely for that faculty member’s research interests. 

Analytical instrumentation available to UofSC Aiken faculty members include:

  • Perkin Elmer AA Analyst 100 Atomic Absorption Spectrometer
  • Cary 60 UV-Vis Spectrometer
  • Agilent Cary 8454 UV-Vis Spectrometer
  • Maxtec MaxBlend 2 low-flow air/oxygen blender
  • Hansatech OxyGraph+ oxygen monitoring system
  • Two Varian CP-3380 Gas Chromatographs
  • Anasazi EFT 60 MHz FT-NMR spectrometer
  • High field NMR spectrometers readily available on USC Columbia campus
  • Two FT-IR spectrometers (Nicolet 4700, Nicolet 380)
  • Closed-cycle Helium cryostat
  • nGauge ICPSI atomic force microscope
  • Renishaw InVia Raman Imaging Microscope equipped with four different excitation lines (488nm, 514nm, 633nm, 785nm)
  • Pine Instruments Model APCBP1 Bipotentiostat
  • A research-grade stereoscope and an Olympus fluorescent compound microscope equipped with digital imaging software
  • Computational server (8-core, 48 GB RAM) with Gaussian09©, Orca, and several other computational packages
  • Custom electron beam glancing angle vapor deposition (GLAD) system.
  • ThermoScientific LTQ XL Mass spectrometer with HESI source
  • Dionex UltiMate 3000 UPLC system, including RS autosampler and diode-array detector
  • Agilent 5975C Mass SD 7890A+ GC System

The University of South Carolina Aiken is a separately accredited senior comprehensive institution within the University of South Carolina system. This affiliation and the close proximity (50 miles) of UofSC Aiken to UofSC Columbia, the primary research campus, brings additional benefits to UofSC Aiken in terms of research resources. One such resource is the machine and instruments shop at UofSC Columbia. This resource is available to USC Aiken faculty to assist in their research efforts. An additional benefit of UofSC Aiken’s affiliation with the UofSC system is access to library resources within the UofSC system. 

UofSC Aiken faculty also have access to the NMR, Mass Spectrometry, Electron Microscopy, X-ray diffraction, and several other facilities housed on the UofSC Columbia campus.

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