The Department of Chemistry is well equipped with state-of-the-art instrumentation. Students receive training on and hands-on access to these instruments throughout the program of study, including our introductory courses.



  • 14 UV/Vis Spectrophotometers (Amersham Pharmacia Ultraspec 1000)
  • 2 Photodiode Array UV/Vis spectrophotometers (HP 8452A and Agilent 8453 equipped with multicell transport accessory)
  • 2 Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrophotometers (Nicolet 360 with ATR towers for easy data collection in Organic Chemistry Laboratory)
  • Bruker Advance 300MHz Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectrometer with Z gradient, broadband probe, inverse broadband probe, and variable temperature capability



  • 6 Gas Chromatographs (Gow-Mac Series 340) each with Hewlett Packard 3395 Integrator.
  • Agilent model 5975 inert gas chromatograph with both electron and chemical ionization detectors and an autosampler. This instrument is operational to a mass of 1050 can can collect selective ion (SIM) and scan data concurrently.
  • Dionex HPLC system with quaternary pump, photodiode array detector, and column oven
  • Dionex DX-120 Ion Chromatography system
  • Dionex preparative HPLC system including high flow preparative pump, refractive index detector, and fraction collector



  • Nd:YAG laser with 2x and 3x crystals (Lumonics HY750)
  • Dye Laser (Lumonics Hyperdye 300)
  • Nitrogen Laser (Laser Photonics LN1000)
  • Computational Chemistry and Numerical Analysis
  • Spartan Computational Chemistry and Molecular Modeling Program (17 copies of the full-featured program and 25 student copies)
  • Mathcad Numerical Analysis Program (22 copies)
  • Odyssey — a teaching tool for visualization of chemical systems (16 copies)
  • A state-of-the art computer lab with interactive white board. 13 computers, and other support equipment.



  • Ultracentrifuge with suite of rotors (Beckman L80)
  • Eppendorf 5810R refrigerated table top centrifuge and suite of rotors
  • Electrophoretic equipment proteins and nucleic acids
  • Amersham Pharmacia AKTA Analytical / Preparative Biochromatography System
  • Beckman 530 Life Sciences UV-Vis spectrophotometer
  • Lab-Line high capacity floor mounted shaking incubator


Other Instruments

  • 2 Magnetic Susceptibility Balances (Johnson Matthey MSB-1)
  • Differential Scanning Calorimeter (Perkin-Elmer DSC-6)
  • RHK Easy Scan Scanning Tunneling Microscope
  • Hitachi S-3400N-2 variable pressure Scanning Electron Microscope with EDS and XRF capabilities (acquired jointly with the Geology Department)
  • Epsilon E2 Electrochemical Analyzer with C3 Cell Stand
  • 3 Schlenk lines with vacuum pumps
  • Innovative Technology model SYS1-2GB Inert Atmosphere Glove Box and accessories.
  • Parr model 6300EA Automatic Isoperibol Calorimeter and accessories
  • Two MeasureNet systems for rapid data collection for the Department’s General Chemistry and Analytical Chemistry laboratory programs
  • Chemical Information Resources
  • The Department subscribes to the bibliographic tool SciFinder Scholar and has full electronic access including download capability to the entire suite of journals published by the American Chemical Society.


Additional Resources

There is a strong sense of cooperation between the departments that form Centenary’s Division of Natural Science that includes sharing of instrumental resources. Some of these that may be of potential use to chemists are listed here.

In the Physics Department and Biophysics Program:

  • PTI QM-4 Fluorometer
  • Dasibi 2108 NOx analyser
  • PTI GL-302 nitrogen-laser pumped, tunable, narrow linewidth dye laser
  • Melles Griot SP-9000 high-intensity, tunable 400W lamp
  • Hand-held, photodiode array based spectrometers
  • Tektronix 1 Ghz Oscilloscope, with Hamamatsu 1 Ghz avalanche photodiode
  • Variety of test and measurement equipment

The Physics Department also maintains a machine shop equipped with lathes, drill presses, a metal-cutting band saw, a vertical milling machine and other tools for working with plastics and/or metals.


In the laboratory of Dr. Scott Vetter, Geology Department:

Perkin-Elmer Elan 9000 Quadrapole Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometer


In the Research Core Facility of the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - Shreveport (LSUHSC-S)

Thermo-Finnagan Liquid Chromatograph – Ion Trap Mass Spectrometer (acquired through a joint award to Dr. Tammy Dugas of the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at LSUHSC-S and Dr. Ernest Blakeney)

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