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Group Facilities

The Balaz group in housed the Physical Sciences building. We occupy three laboratories (one instrumentation and two wet laboratories) with total lab space of 1,600 square feet (150 m2). We are well-equipped to carry out synthetic organic chemistry, biomolecular chemistry, separations, and molecular spectroscopy.

Major equipment available in the Balaz group:

Circular dichroism and linear dichroism spectropolarimeter Jasco J-815
- NIR sensitive photomultiplier for measurements from 163nm - 1,100nm
- single position Peltier temperature control system (-10°C to 100°C)
- scanning EM fluorescence (FMO-427)
- linear dichroism (LD) and fluorescence detected circular dichroism (FDCD)
- automated titration system
- full software control (dedicated PC)
UV-vis absorption double-beam spectrophotometer Jasco V-650
- photomultiplier tube for measurements from 190nm to 900nm
- single monochromator, 1200 lines/mm plane grating, Czerny-Turner mount
- single position Peltier temperature control system (-10°C to +100°C)
- spectral bandwidth 0.1, 0.2, 0.5, 1, 2, 5, 10nm
- scanning speed 10 - 4,000nm/min
- full software control (dedicated PC)
HPLC Hitachi LaChrom Elite
- quaternary pump (up to 10mL/min)
- PDA detector (190nm - 900nm)
- fluorescence detector (200 - 900nm)
- autosampler and fraction collector (Foxy Jr.)
- column oven (20 - 80°C)
- full software control (dedicated PC, not shown)
DNA/RNA synthesizer ABI Expedite 8909
- synthesis scale from 50nmol to 15µmol
- simultaneous dual column synthesis
- trityl monitoring
- sequence and protocol editor
- full software control (dedicated PC)
Differential Scanning Calorimeter TA Nano DSC (PI: Jan Kubelka)
- temperature range -10°C to 110°C
- scan rates from 0.001°C to 2°C/min
- capillary platinum cell, cell volume 300µL
- built-in pressure perturbation up to 6atm
- full software control (dedicated PC)
Dry Bath Incubator Major Science MC-02S
- digital microprocessor controller
- temperature range -10°C to 100°C
- temperature increment 0.1°C
- constant operation, programmable mode, and annealing mode
- full software control option (dedicated PC)

Additional equipment available in the Balaz group (placing the mouse cursor on the picture will provide you with a detailed description of the instrument):

Luminescence Spectrometer
Perkin Elmer LS 50B
Freeze Dryer (Lyophilizer)
Labconco Freezone 6
Rotatory Evaporator
Buchi R-215 Rotavapor
Biomedical Freezer
Sanyo MDF-U333
Jasco V-630 UV-Vis spectrometer Ohaus DV215CD Discovery
PerpHecT® Orion 320 pH meter Glass Oven B-585 Kugelrohr IEC MicroMax Centrifuge
Rotatory Evaporator Buchi R-210 Rotavapor

Departmental Facilities

The Department of Chemistry has excellent research equipment including a 600 MHz Bruker Avance III spectrometer (purchased in 2011, with solution and solid state capabilities), a 300 MHz Bruker AVANCE WB microimaging instrument with RheoNMR capability, a 400 MHz Bruker DRX-400 NMR spectrometer, a single crystal X-ray Bruker Apex II CCD diffractometer with an Oxford Cobra cryosystem, an ESR Bruker EMX spectrometer, MALDI-TOF and ESI mass spectrometers, and Hewlett-Packard GC-MS system with electron impact (EI) and chemical ionization (CI) modes. Access to UW computational facilities is supplemented by a number of departmental Silicon Graphics workstations.

The Division of Research Support is an autonomous division of the College of Arts and Sciences comprised of the electronic, glass, and mechanical shops, and the chemical stockroom. These units, independently or collectively, provide excellent service support for research.

High Resolution Transmission Electron Microscopy Facility (HRTEM)

The High Resolution Transmission Electron Microscopy (HRTEM) Facility at the University of Wyoming features the powerful FEI Tecnai G2 F20 200 kV (S)TEM to meet the characterization needs of the materials science community in the university and in the region. It offers up to atomic resolution imaging and complementary compositional analysis capabilty through energy dispersive x-ray (EDX) spectrometry. This facility is made possible with support from the School of Energy Resources.

Materials Characterization Laboratories

The instrumentation and laboratories for characterization of chemical composition, crystalline structure, morphology, and fabric of solid materials are housed in the Geology and Geophysics Department at the University of Wyoming. The following instruments are available: Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscopy (FESEM), Conventional Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), X-Ray Diffraction (XRD), X-Ray Fluorescence Analysis (XRF), Electron Probe Microanalysis (EPMA).

Robert A. Jenkins Microscopy Facility

University of Wyoming has a state of the art Microscopy Core Facility (MCF). The facility currently has a Transmission Electron Microscope (Hitachi-7000), a Laser Scanning Confocal Fluorescence Microscope (Leica TCS-SP2), an epi-fluorescence microscope (Nikon TE 300), a Raman Microscope (DeltaNu ExamineR), and a Tabletop Scanning Electron Microscope (Hitachi TM-1000).