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Department Invests in New Instructional Laboratory Equipment

Posted Aug. 10, 2011

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry purchased more than $25,000 worth of equipment for the undergraduate instructional laboratories in Spring 2011.  New centrifuges and stirring hot plates were acquired to accommodate the increased enrollment in the General Chemistry Laboratory.  A Varian Cary 50 UV-Vis spectrophotometer was purchased for use in the Analytical Chemistry, Elementary Physical Chemistry, and Advanced Biochemistry Laboratory courses.  The Cary 50 will be used for experiments investigating kinetics of hydrolysis, the critical micelle concentration of vesicles, and the absorption spectra of conjugated dyes.  A UVP DigiDoc-It Bioimaging system was acquired to capture color images for basic gel documentation;  it will be used to analyze plasmid sizes in a molecular cloning experiment in the Advanced Biochemistry Laboratory.  The new equipment arrived in Summer and will be ready for student use in Fall 2011.  Michael Tubergen, Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, says that the new equipment "will really enhance the undergraduate laboratories at Kent State."



Below, a teaching assistant instructs a student using the new Varian Cary 50 UV-Vis spectrophotometer.


New instrument