Maldi In ClassChemistry students routinely use sophisticated instrumentation, including a Bruker multinuclear 400 MHz nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer, a Varian Vista MPX inductively coupled plasma (ICP) spectrometer, and an IonSpec HiRes Matrix Assisted Laser Desorption/Ionization (MALDI)-Fourier Mass Spectrometer (FTMS). The MALDI- FTMS is the only instrument of its kind at an undergraduate institution. Other departmental resources include a Biotage Flash Purification System, facilities for time-resolved luminescence and low temperature (4.2 K-room temperature) optical spectroscopy and a Vacuum Atmospheres inert-atmosphere workstation with an integrated gas purification system.

The department maintains a broad spectrum of state-of-the-art instrumentation that are kept up-to-date and are maintained by our instrument support technician, who also provides training on all instruments.

Featured Instruments Highlighting Student Work

Cognitive Robotics
Cognitive GC
UV / VisCG / MS
FACS Calibur Flow Cytometer
Used to separate and mass analyze mixtures for structural characterization of compounds

Computer Resources

The department has a large number of laboratory computers (both PCs, and Macs) that are used for data manipulation and acquisition. There is also a cluster of dual boot PCs that are available to Chemistry, Biochemistry and Biology majors for advanced molecular modeling and computational chemistry. Students have access to molecular computation programs (Spartan, Gaussian, Macromodel, Amsterdam Density Functional) running on eight- or four-processor clusters tied to a disk array, as well as programs for advanced data analysis (MATLAB, Mathematica, SigmaPlot, SpectraCalc).
WebMO[i] is a web-based interface to commercial and open-source computational chemistry codes. It allows users to quickly and easily draw 3D structures of molecules and create input files that are then transferred to a server for quantum chemical calculations. WebMO has the capability of submitting jobs directly to the Bowdoin College High Performance Computing (HPC) Grid. 
These computers and software packages are important elements of course work and are used extensively in student research projects.

[i] WebMO Enterprise Edition