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Laboratory Equipment for Characterizing Chemical and Physical Properties

The Department of Physical Sciences maintains a variety of modern laboratory instruments for use in classes and for supervised undergraduate research. Most of our facilities were funded through external grants awarded over the last several years. Our instrument collection includes: 

Agilent 1200 HPLC Liquid Chromatography (Funded by WV INBRE)


Agilent 7890/5975C GCMS Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometer (Funded by WV EPSCoR)

PTI QM4 Fluorimeter Fluorescence Spectrometer 

Agilent 6850 GC Gas Chromatography (Funded by WV EPSCoR)

Rockhound Raman Spectrometer (Funded by WV EPSCoR; Geology)

Perkin-Elmer RXI IR Infrared Spectrometer

Ocean Optics Visible Spectrometer

X-Ray Fluorescence – Horiba XGT 5000 Micro-XRF (Geology). Used to analyze and map chemistry of solid samples up to 10 x 10 cm. 

ARL-SEMQ Electron Microprobe with Bruker solid-state energy-dispersive spectrometer (EDS) and four wavelength-dispersive spectrometers (WDS) (Funded by the WV Research Trust Fund; Geology). Used to analyze chemistry of micrometer-sized areas in solids.


Atomic Force Microscope - AFM Workshop TT AFM (Funded by WV EPSCoR; Physics). Used to analyze surfaces of solid materials at the nanometer scale for materials science. 


NMReady-60Pro Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectrometer. Uses the magnetic properties of the nuclei of elements to provide information about chemical structure and molecular shapes. Funded by a grant from the West Virginia Division of Science and Research.


Inductively Coupled Plasma Optical Emission Spectrometer (ICP-OES). Used to measure the chemical composition of water and other fluids including trace elements and metals using high-temperature ionized argon.