New GC-MS for the Chemistry Department
The Chemistry Department's new $75,000 gas chromatograph-mass spectrometer (GC-MS) is installed and ready for use! The GC-MS is one of the powerful analytical tools available, used both for identifying compounds (qualitative analysis) and determining how much of a compound is present down to the femtogram-level (quantitative analysis). Typical applications are for drug discovery, forensic analysis, and environmental analysis. This instrument will be used by students in both undergraduate laboratory courses and in research. The GC-MS was purchased with a grant from the Department of Energy authored by John Harrington, recently retired Dean of the School of Science and Engineering.
Chemistry senior Sarah Goulet, analyzing a compound using the GC-MS that she synthesized as part of the research project she is working on with chemistry professor Dan Freedman.