Instrumentation used at DCC
We have a Nicolet Fourier-Transform Infrared Spectrometer, or FT-IR. It is used to identify functional groups in organic molecules. The instrument is used in General Chemistry I and Organic Chemistry I and II.
We have a Varian Gas Chromatograph, or GC. It is used for mixtures of organic chemicals and can tell us the number of kinds of chemicals in a sample and the proportion of each component. The instrument is used in Organic Chemistry I and II.
Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectrometer
Through an agreement with SUNY New Paltz, we are able to use their JEOL NMR for Organic Chemistry classes. NMR uses the same technology as the medical MRI. It can tell us the structure of a molecule. The connection to New Paltz is a remote hook-up, so we can run the instrument from our campus here at Dutchess through a computer. Organic Chemistry classes use the NMR.