Chemistry and Biochemistry

Research Instrumentation

The ability of BYU Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry students to succeed academically partially depends on the tools at their disposal. Accordingly, the Chemistry Department possesses state-of-the-art equipment for its research programs.

The Ezra Taft Benson Science Building (BNSN building) is a 190,000sqft, $30-million building, and under its expansive roof it houses nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) equipment, mass spectrometry equipment, X-ray crystallography equipment, inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectroscopy equipment, photoelectron spectroscopy equipment, and time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry. 

The Department also has access to extensive electron microscopy equipment and advanced DNA analysis technology (via the BYU DNA Sequencing Center). Additionally, individual research groups maintain specialized equipment to support their own research. 

Below is listed all official BYU Chemistry Department equipment. Feel free to browse this list to learn more about the Department's research capabilities.

Agilent 7820A Gas Chromatograph

Agilent 6890 Gas Chromatograph-EI-5793 MSD Mass Spectrometer

Agilent LC MSD TOF Liquid Chromatograph-ESI-Mass Spectrometer

Andor SR-303i Spectrograph and CCD-001 Intensified and Gated CCD Camera

Applied Biosystems QSTAR Pulsar Hybrid QqToF Mass Spectrometer

Applied Biosystems 3730xl DNA Analyzer

Applied Biosystems 381A Automated DNA Synthesizer

BAC Epsilon Electrochemical Instrument

BD Biosciences FACSVantage SE flow cytometer

Beckman Optima L-100 XP, LE-80K and LE-70M ultracentrifuges

Beckman-Coulter MDQ Capillary Electrophoresis System

Biotek Synergy H4 hybrid multi-mode micro-plate reader

Bruker Avance Neo 500 MHz FT-NMR with Prodigy Cryoprobe

Bruker FR-591 Dual Source Low Temperature X-ray Diffractometer with CCD Detector

Bruker IFS-66 FTIR Spectrometer

CEM Discover Microwave Reactor

Cryomech Helium Recovery System

Digital Instruments Nanoscope Atomic Force Microscope

Dionex System 4000 Gradient Elution Ion Chromatographs

Dionex Ultimate 3000 Capillary Liquid Chromatograph

Eksigent Nano 2-Dimensional Liquid Chromatograph

2 FEI High-Resolution TEMs with Cryogenic Stage

FEI Helios Nanolab 600 SEM

Femtosecond Infrared Laser Spectrometer

Finnigan-MAT Model 8430 Double-Focusing Mass Spectrometer

High Resolution Infrared Laser Spectrometer


Ira and Marylou Fulton Supercomputer Center

J.A. Woollam M-2000 Spectroscopic Ellipsometer

Kurt J. Lesker PVD 75 Sputter Deposition System

Lambda Physik LPX excimer laser with 2 ScanMate dye lasers

Lambda Physik EMG-202MSC Excimer Laser

LI-COR Odyssey near-IR fluorescence scanner

454 Life Sciences Genome Sequencer

Low Temperature Adiabatic Calorimeter

Micromeritics TriStart II 3020 BET Surface Area and Porosity Instrument

Molecular Dynamics Storm 860 phosphorimager

Netzch DCS/TGA System

Netzsch TGA with XTorr RGA Mass Spectrometer

New Focus 6326 Mid-IR Diode Laser

Nicolet Nexus 670 FTIR with IR Microscope and MCT Detector

Olympus Confocal Fluorescence Microscope

Quantum Design Physical Property Measurement System for Resistivity, Magnetometry, and Heat Capacity

PanAnalytical X'Pert Pro Powder X-Ray Diffraction Instrument

Perkin Elmer Optima 2000 ICP Emission Spectrometer

Perkin Elmer Elan 6000 ICP-MS

Perkin Elmer Tri-Carb 291 TR scintillation counter

Philips XL30 S-FEG SEM


Photon Technology Inc. Fluorimeter

Rame-Hart Contact Angle Goniometer

RMC MT-X Ultra Microtome

Small Sample Adiabatic Calorimeter

Surface Science X-ray Photoelectron Spectrometer

TA Instruments TAM Air 8-channel isothermal calorimeter

Thermo GC-MS, Trace GC Ultra with ITQ 900

ThermoFinnigan HPLC with Diode Array Detector

Thermo-Fisher LTQ Orbi-Trap-XL +ETD

Torion GC-MS

URG 6000D Ambient Ion Monitor

Varian Inova 300 MHz FT-NMR

Varian NMRS 500 MHz FT-NMR

Veeco Digital Instruments Nanoscope IIIa Multimode Atomic Force Microscope

Last updated 1 September 2020