Equipment and Instrumentation

Equipment & Instrumentation

All equipment can be used for either research or teaching.  Some equipment may require training and/or scheduling depending on usage needs.  All equipment resources are listed here including equipment/instrumentation: 1) purchased by individual researchers through start-up funds, 2) procured through sponsored grants, 3) donated, and 4) procured through Departmental funds. Contact names for equipment listed by discipline are included below.

Updated: April 2018

Department Contacts:

  1. David Anderson, Assoc. Professor and Chair, and 719-255-3154
  2. Janel Owens, Assoc. Professor and Assoc. Chair, and 719-255-3207
  3. Brett Mayer, Laboratory Coordinator II, and 719-255-5209

For discipline-specific requests, please contact:

  1. Analytical/Environmental: Janel Owens, Assoc. Prof., and 719-255-3207
  2. Biochemistry: James Kovacs, Asst. Prof., and 719-255-3486 OR Andrew Klocko, and 719-255-3442
  3. Inorganic: Ron Ruminski, Professor, and 719-255-3194
  4. Organic: Allen Schoffstall, Professor, and 719-255-3163
  5. Physical: Kevin Tvrdy, Asst. Prof., and 719-255-3284

General Equipment (please contact Brett Mayer)

  • UV-Vis spectrophotometers (2)
  • Polarimeter
  • NMRs : Bruker 300 MHz and Agilent 400 MHz
  • Laboratory-grade microwaves (CEM Discover and MARS Explorer)

Analytical Chemistry (Janel Owens)

Chromatography Equipment

  • Shimadzu LCMS-8030 liquid chromatograph with photodiode array detector and triple quadrupole mass spectrometer
  • Perkin-Elmer Flexar FX10 UHPLC and SQ300MS single quadrupole mass spectrometer
  • HP 1100 HPLC with binary pump, column oven, and photodiode array detector
  • HP 1100 HPLC with quaternary pump, column oven, autosampler, and multi-wavelength detector
  • HP 1100 HPLC with binary pump, column oven, autosampler, and photodiode array detector
  • HP 5890 GC with flame ionization detector (2)
  • Perkin Elmer HS40 TurboMatrix headspace analyzer
  • HP 5890 GC with 5971 mass spectrometric detector (with autosampler)
  • HP 6890 GC with 5973 mass spectrometric detector (with autosampler)
  • Dionex ion chromatography instrument (Dr. Emily Mooney, Department of Biology, is primary contact for access to this instrument)

Sample Preparation Equipment

  • Applied Separations Speed SFE 1000 mL Supercritical CO2 extractor
  • Solid phase extraction vacuum manifold (16 port and 8 port systems)


  • Varian 220FS atomic absorption spectrophotometer
  • Agilent UV-Vis spectrophotometers

Biochemistry (Andrew Klocko, James Kovacs, Wendy Haggren)

Professor Klocko:

  • 27” iMac with 5k retina display (4.2GHz intel core i7 processor, 2Tb fusion hard drive, 48 Gb RAM) that is configured for bioinformatic analyses
  • Qubit 3.0 Fluorometer
  • Speedvac
  • 71L Corning shaking incubator
  • Dissecting microscopes (2)
  • DIC microscope with a 100x objective
  • platform shaker
  • water baths

Professor Kovacs:

  • Akta Explorer FPLC
  • Akta Prime Plus
  • ForteBio Blitz Biolayer Interferometer
  • Qsonica Sonicator microtip

Other common equipment within the shared Biochemistry research space:

  • BioRad geldoc EZ imager
  • ThermoFisher Nanodrop 2000c
  • Biotek Synergy HT Plate Reader UV transilluminator (both protein and agarose gels)
  • Sorvall Legend XTR centrifuge
  • SDS-PAGE and Western blot apparati
  • Trans-blot turbo transfer system
  • agarose gel electrophoresis apparati
  • PCR machines (3)
  • Microcentrifuges (4)
  • Balance
  • pH meter
  • five vortexers (5)
  • -80°C freezer (1), refrigerators (multiple), -20°C freezers (2)
  • large shaking incubator

Inorganic Chemistry (Ron Ruminski)

  • UV-Vis spectrometer
  • Hitachi Fluorimeter
  • SunTest CPS photochemistry chamber

Organic Chemistry (Allen Schoffstall)

  • IKA Electrochemistry apparatus for synthesis
  • Yamazen prep-scale LC for scaling TLC to LC
  • We have other "organic" items that are shared:
    • The NMRs including a new Bruker 300 MHz arriving in June and a 400 MHz Agilent
    • FTIRs
    • GCs

Physical Chemistry (Kevin Tvrdy)

Chemical Synthesis and Processing

  • Drying ovens, sintering oven
  • Balances
  • General and air-sensitive synthetic glassware
  • Schlenk lines mounted within fume hoods
  • Buchi Rotovapor R3
  • Sorvall ST16 centrifuge with TX400 rotor, inserts for 15 mL and 50 mL conical tubes
  • Branson Digital (tip horn) Sonifier with ½ Inch Tip and sound enclosure box, jacketed beakers for thermal stability during prolonged sonication

Electrical Systems

  • DC Regulated Power Supply, 0-50V, <3A,, Model CSI5003XE
  • Rigol DS1054Z oscilloscope
  • Stepper motors and stepper motor controllers, micro controller boards, linear translation stages
  • CH Instruments model CHI600E electrochemical analyzer

Spectroscopic and Optical Systems

  • Lecia DM750 upright light microscope with Lecia ICC50 HD camera and 4x, 10x, 40x, and 100x (oil) objectives
  • StellarNet fiberoptic spectrometer system with SL1 light source, BlackComet UV-Vis detector, Dwarf-Start-NIR-25 near-infrared detector, cuvette holder, dip probe
  • Opto Engine LLC diode pumped solid state lasers, 1-50 mW, 561 nm and 655 nm


  • Gaussian 16 and GaussView 16 computational chemistry software running on Linux desktop computer with 16 cores, 64 GB ram, nVidia Tesla K40 and nVidia Quadro K2200 graphics cards
  • VAC Omni-Lab nitrogen glovebox with refrigerator (note: no oxygen or humidity sensors)
  • Flammable material storage refrigerator
  • ThorLabs HPLS-30-04 High power solid state white light lamp
  • Various optical components: mirrors, lenses, filters, mounts, power meters, monochromators