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Our program is supported by state-of-the-art instruments and facilities. The instruments are maintained and supervised by technical personnel as departmental facilities. Our facilities include:

  • Bruker Vertex 80 FTIR spectrometer with vacuum capability
  • Cary 14 UV-Visible spectrometer
  • Bruker EPR spectrometer
  • Jasco temperature-controlled digital polarimeter
  • Applied Biosystems MALDI mass spectrometer
  • Bruker APEX diffractometer with a CCD area detector for single-crystal applications
  • Rigaku Ultima IV powder/thin film diffractometer
  • Horiba XploRA Raman Microscope System with low temperature cell attachment
  • Horiba NanoLog Spectrofluorometer System with both visible and near-IR detectors
Many similar instruments, along with a wide variety of specialized laser spectroscopy equipment, surface analysis instruments, mass-selective gas chromatography, mass-selective HPLC, and scanning probe microscopes are also operated and maintained by individual research groups and by the Loker Institute.
    The Center for Electron Microscopy and Micro Analysis (CEMMA) allows access for researchers to scanning and transmission electron microscopes (SEMs and TEMs).


USC Provost's NMR Spectroscopy Center

The Department of Chemistry operates a Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy lab equipped with:

  • Varian VNMRS-600 3-Channel NMR Spectrometer
  • Varian 400-MR 2-Channel NMR Spectrometer with 96-spinner sampler changer


USC College NMR Lab

In addition to the Provost's NMR instruments, we operate several spectrometers for the department and the College. These are available to all USC users.

  • Varian Mercury 400 2-Channel NMR Spectrometer
  • Bruker AMX-500 2-Channel NMR Spectrometer
  • Varian VNMRS-500 2-Channel NMR Spectrometer
  • Cyber-Enabled 400 MHz NMR Spectrometer arriving summer 2010

Technical information on NMR spectrometers


The Department of Chemistry operates an Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) Spectroscopy lab that is accessible to USC users and guests. The EPR lab is located in LJS 109. It is equipped with:

  • Bruker EMX System: Continuous-wave EPR spectrometer operated at X-band (~ 9.5 GHz). This instrument is equipped with a liquid nitrogen temperature control setup, together with a TE10 cavity and a High-Sensitivity cavity.
  • Bruker E580 FT/CW System: A pulsed EPR platform operated at X-band, capable of multiple-resonance measurements such as pulse-ELDOR (Electron-Electron Double Resonance) measuring nanometer distance between electron spin centers, and pulse-ENDOR (Electron Nuclear Double Resonance) for measuring hyperfine interactions between electron and nuclear spins. This instrument is funded by a competitive NIH stimulus S10 grant, together with supports from the College and Provost.


The Department maintains its own glass and electronics shops, staffed by one glassblower and two electronics technicians.
Chemistry students also have access to the College Machine Shop. This is a centrally located facility which allows students and postdocs to have a team of highly skilled machinists and technicians assist them in the design and construction of equipment.

In addition, the College Graduate Student Machine Shop is a shared facility that provides graduate students and postdocs direct access to basic machining equipment necessary to conduct research.


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