In September 2003, Gonzaga University dedicated a new wing to Hughes Hall, the "Inland Northwest Natural Research and Resource Center."
This new wing houses teaching and research laboratories for the Chemistry and Biology Departments. In 2004, the original wing of Hughes Hall was renovated to create biology teaching laboratories and additional research space for the two departments.
The maximum number of students allowed in each laboratory section is 18 or less. This creates a safe environment and allows students to get individual help. Each laboratory section is monitored by a professor or professional staff and some courses use student teaching assistants to increase individualized help.
The chemistry laboratories have state-of-the-art air handling equipment with constant volume air control with 100% outside air exchange. From the introductory laboratories to the advanced laboratories, the lab space was designed for functionality and safety.
Our undergraduate students have access to modern analytical and qualitative tools for their classwork and research projects. Below are some of the major instruments available.
|400 MHz NMR||Bruker||2017|
|UV-VIS spectrometer||Agilent, Cary||2018|
|Perkin-Elmer Luminescence Spectrometer||LS-50B||2000|
|FTIR Spectrometer with microscope attachment||Perkin Elmer||2004|
|Scanning Electron Microscope||Zeiss||1995|
|Nd:Yag Pulsed Laser||Minilite||1996|
|Powder XRD*||Pan Analytical||1989|
|HPLC with UV-Vis Analyzer||Agilent||2015|
|HPLC with TOF MS||Waters||2008
|HPLC with Tandem MS||Waters||2008|
|GC with Thermal Conductivity Detector||Hewlett- Packard||1988|
|Flash Chromatography System||Grace||2014|
|Thermogravimetric Analyzer||Perkin Elmer||2016|
|Differential Scanning Calorimeter||Perkin Elmer||1993|
|Oxygen Bomb Calorimeter||Parr||1998|
|Magnetic Susceptibility Balance||Alpha Aesar||1990|
|Ultrapure Water System||Equova||2009|
|Odyssey Blot Imager||LI-COR||2014|
|Step One RTqPCR||Applied Biosystems||2014|
|Synergy HTX Plate Reader||Biotek||2014|
|Surface Area Analyzer||Micrometrics||2010|
* The XRD instrument was obtained from the US Bureau of Mines Government Surplus at no cost to Gonzaga, nearly a quarter of a million in tax dollars recycled.