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Facilities

The chemistry department is housed in the A. Paul Schaap Science Center, a state-of-the-art undergraduate science center and laboratory for our students and faculty.

A. Paul Schaap Science Center

35 East 12th Street Holland, MI 49423

Reflecting the College’s emphasis on outstanding undergraduate research, the Schaap Science Center is one of the nation's premier undergraduate science education facilities. It houses state-of-the-art research laboratories, hands-on classrooms and more. Learn more.

In addition to classroom spaces, our students and faculty learn and collaborate in 14 labs, each equipped with advanced instruments — from atomic force microscopes to particle accelerators.

CALORIMETRY
  • Isothermal Titration Microcalorimeter VP-ITC
  • Parr Stainless Steel Reactors with temperature controllers (2)
CAPILLARY ELECTROPHORESIS
  • Hewlett Packard 3D Capillary Electrophoresis System with autosampler
CENTRIFUGE
  • Beckman L8-70M Ultracentrifuge
  • Beckman Optima TL Ultracentrifuge
  • DuPont-Sorvall RC5B Refrigerated High Speed Centrifuge
CHROMATOGRAPHY
  • Perkin Elmer TotalChrom client/server system with PE Nelson 600 Series LINK and NCI 902 Network Interface for chromatography data collection and analysis
  • Pharmacia Uvicord SI and SII Chromatography Systems
COMPUTATIONAL
  • Computational Science and Modeling Laboratory consisting of:
    • 60-CPU and 480-CPU cluster computers running software packages including Gaussian, AMBER, Gamess, Molpro, WebMO, Aces2, CHARMM, Matlab, Mopac, QChem, and a variety of Bioinformatics software
    • 15 student PCs
    • Teacher workstation with SMART board technology
    • 3-D stereo projection system
ELECTROCHEMISTRY
  • CH Instruments Electrochemical Analyzer with EQCM Oscillator
  • CH Instruments Model 602A Electrochemical Analyzer / Potentiostat with computer interface
  • Esa Coulochem III for MS
ELECTROPHYSIOLOGY
  • Electrophysiology lab station including:
    • Anti-vibration table
    • Nikon TE300 microscope with D/C optics
    • Micromanipulator
    • Axoclamp 2B amplifier
    • Digidata 1322A A/D board and digital oscilloscope
GAS CHROMATOGRAPHY
  • Agilent HP Hewlett Packard 6890A capillary gas chromatography systems with autosamplers and Flame Ionization Detectors (2) upgraded in 2010 to modern electronic
GAS PERMEATION CHROMATOGRAPHY
  • Waters HPLC/GPC system with 717 auto sampler, 486 tunable absorbance detector, 410 refractive index detector and 996 photo diode array detector
GENERAL BIOCHEMISTRY AND ORGANIC
  • Branson 1510 Sonicator
  • Buchi GKR-51 Sublimation Apparatus
  • Buchi RE III Rotovaps (4)
  • Buchi Rotavapor R-114 and R-210C rotary evaporators, with NESLab RTE-7 -20oC Recirculating Chiller and Welch Self-Cleaning Diaphragm Pump
  • Fisher FS110H Heated Ultrasonic Bath
  • Revco Ultima II Incubator
  • Sage 361 Multi-Syringe Pump
  • Sterile Max Harvey Autoclave
GENETIC ANALYZER
  • Perkin Elmer ABI Prism 310 Genetic Analyzer
HIGH PERFORMANCE LIQUID CHROMATOGRAPHY
  • Agilent 1100 Series HPLC (4)
  • Hewlett Packard Series 1050 HPLC System with ternary solvent system and variable wavelength detector
  • Hitachi HPLC system with L-4000 UV detector, L-7100 Pump, L-7200 Autosampler, L-7300 Column Oven and D-7500 Integrator (2)
  • Perkin Elmer series 200 HPLC with Diode array detector and Auto sampler (2)
  • Perkin Elmer series 200 HPLC with UV/VIS detector, Autosampler, Pump, Column oven and Network chromatography interface
INERT ATMOSPHERE
  • MBraun Solvent Purification System, equipped with toluene, dichloromethane, THF, DMF, DMSO, ether, and acetonitrile
  • MBraun Unilab Inert Atmosphere Glove Box with -35 C freezer
  • Vacuum Atmosphere HI-43-2 Dry Box with Dri Train (2)
ION CHROMATOGRAPHY
  • Dionex DX500 Ion Chromatography system
LABORATORY INTERFACE SYSTEMS
  • General Chemistry Laboratory with 24 MicroLAB 402 computer-based interface systems for data collection, graphic display and spreadsheet analysis
LASER SYSTEMS
  • Laser spectroscopy research laboratory for condensed phase picosecond (10^-12 s) fluorescence spectroscopy with temperature control
  • Laser spectroscopy research laboratory including Nd:YAG laser, dye lasers, molecular beam chamber, ICCD detector, digitizing ocilloscope, monochromators and signal processing system
  • Laser teaching laboratory including He-Ne lasers, dye laser and data acquisition system
LIQUID SCINTILLATION
  • Packard 2429 Liquid Scintillation Spectrometer
MICROSCOPIC AND IMAGING
  • Apotome/Fluorescence Microscope Imaging System
  • Atomic Force Microscope, Bruker Dimension Icon: obtained Fall 2011 through NSF MRI. This instrument is capable of the following operation modes: contact, tapping force, scanasyst, magnetic force, lateral force, quantitative nanomechanical property mapping, scanning tunneling microscopy, scanning probe lithography, conductive probe, and heating/cooling temperature control
  • Nikon E600 Eclipse Fluorescence Microscope with digital camera/computer
  • Nikon TS100 Eclipse Inverted Microscope with digital camera/computer
PARTICLE ACCELERATOR
  • 1.7MV NEC 5-SDH Tandem Particle Accelerator
PEPTIDE SYNTHESIS
  • Model CS 336X CSBio Solid Phase Peptide Synthesizer
PLATE READER
  • BioRad 680 Microplate Reader
  • Bioscan Chamelon Plate Reader
  • Molecular Devices Kinetic Microplate Reader
  • Perkin Elmer Victor 5 Plater Reader
SURFACE MEASUREMENT
  • Kruss Contact Angle Meter
  • Kruss K1210 Tensiometer
  • Zehntner Gloss Meter
ATOMIC SPECTROSCOPY
  • Perkin Elmer 4100ZL Zeeman Effect Graphite Furnace Atomic Absorption system with auto sampler
  • Perkin Elmer 4300DV Inductively Coupled Plasma Optical Emission Spectrometer with auto sampler
  • Varian SpectraAA-50 Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometers (4)
FLOURESCENCE SPECTROSCOPY
  • Aminoc Bowman Series Luminescence Spectrophotometer
  • FLx800 Fluorescence Microplate Reader
  • ISS-K2 Photon-counting Phase Modulation Time-resolved Spectrofluorometer
  • ISS-PC1 Photon-counting Spectrofluorometer with temperature-controlled sample chamber
  • Perkin Elmer LS-5 Fluorescence Spectrometer with HPLC flow cell accessory
  • SPEX FluoroLog-2 Spectrofluorometer with temperature controlled sample chamber
IR AND FTIR SPECTROSCOPY
  • Bruker FTIRs with both diamond-anvil ATR and transmission sample compartment, with spectral database (2)
  • Mettler-Toledo ReactIR 15 with 6.35mm SiComp Probe
  • Midac FTIR with spectral database (1)
MASS SPECTROSCOPY
  • Agilent 1100 series LC-MSD with auto sampler and diode array, APCI and electrospray detection
  • Agilent HP 6890 GC system with autosampler and 5973 Mass Selective Detector (electron impact) upgraded in 2010 to modern electronics
  • Agilent HP 7890 GC system with autosampler and 5975C Mass Selective Detector with both CI and Inert EI sources for both chemical and electron impact ionization
NMR SPECTROSCOPY
  • Bruker 400 MHz NMR spectrometer with multinuclear probe and 24 seat autosampler
  • Bruker 400 MHz NMR spectrometer with variable temperature multinuclear probe, remote access capability, and 60 seat autosampler
POLARIZED LIGHT SPECTROSCOPY
  • CD Spectrometer DMS-20 with a 1.4T permanent magnet
  • Perkin Elmer Model 241 Spectropolarimeter
UV/VIS SPECTROSCOPY
  • Agilent 8453 Diode Array UV-VIS Spectrometer with standard and biochemical/kinetics software
  • Cary 50 UV/Vis Spectrophotometer (2)
  • Cary 5E UV/VIS/NIR Spectrophotometer
  • Cary UV-VIS Spectrophotometer 100Bio with temperature controller
  • Hewlett Packard 8451A and 8452A Diode Array Spectrometers
  • Newport/Oriel 350 W Research Grade Mercury Arc Lamp and rail mounted optics system with digital timer controlled automatic shutter
  • Shimadzu 1601PC UV-VIS Spectrophotometer with temperature controlled sample chamber (2)
X-RAY SPECTROSCOPY
  • Rigaku Miniflex X-ray Diffractometer

Lab Safety

We place a high value on safety for everyone using or visiting our facilities and labs. Contact our lab director, Markus Wunder, with any questions at wunder@hope.edu or 616.395.7640.

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