W&J offers a rigorous Chemistry program, certified by the American Chemical Society and housed in the LEED-certified Swanson Science Center, that fosters passion for the science while showing how it connects to the fields of biology, physics, medicine, environmental sciences, neuroscience, and engineering.
Our Chemistry Department faculty take pride in the robust classroom instruction they provide, and strive to engage and challenge students to apply what they learn in our state-of-the-art campus laboratories. Students conduct one-on-one research with faculty members, develop their leadership skills, serve as laboratory assistants and participate in community outreach events like STEMFest in the City of Washington.
Instrumentation & Resources
The chemistry faculty recognizes the power of modern instrumentation in dealing with the problems fundamental to the study of chemistry both in the academic and industrial setting. Today any student graduating without proper training in and access to modern instrumentation is at a decided disadvantage. The department possesses a wide range of instrumental equipment for use by our students in laboratory courses and research projects. Major pieces of instrumental equipment are listed below.
In addition, the department is well stocked with standard laboratory equipment including analytical balances, pH meters, Mel-Temps, Bausch and Lomb Spectronic 20's, rotary evaporators, refrigerators, vacuum pumps, drying ovens, calorimeters, osmometer, and a magnetic susceptibility balance.
The department has a Varian Inova 400 MHz Widebore Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectrophotometer equipped with autosampler. This technique is critical in chemistry, allowing us to identify the structural backbone of molecules. Students first encounter the NMR in Organic Chemistry I (CHM 160). They use it in a variety of courses including Organic Chemistry II (CHM 170), Intermediate Organic (CHM 320), Advanced Synthesis Laboratory (CHM 380), Chemical Measurements (CHM 385), and Independent Study (CHM 500/501).
The NMR was purchased through a Major Research Instrumentation Grant from the National Science Foundation (CHE-0535656) with more recent support provided by a generous donation from the Anderson Family.