Instrumentation Gallery

The Huang group occupies 2900 sq ft of laboratory space and 450 sq ft of separated office space in Hach Hall at ISU, and is fully equipped for routine state-of-the-art synthesis, characterization, and catalytic property evaluation of nanomaterials.

Huang’s lab includes inventory with 1000+ chemicals and solvents, glassware, and the following equipment:

2 analytical/microbalances

6 programmable PID heating stations (Cole-Parmer Digi-Sense)

4 ovens

3 tube furnace with programmable temperature controller

2 refrigerator

1 rotary evaporator

7 vacuum pumps

3 high-speed centrifuge

12 synthetic fume hoods–2 of them equipped with Schlenk lines

1 GC-MS (Shimadzu QP5050A, for reaction characterization)

6 HP gas chromatograph systems equipped TCD and/or FID detectors (HP 5890 Series II)

2 computer-controlled gas phase plug flow reactor systems

1 ICP-MS (Perkin Elmer Elan 6000)

1 freeze dryer (Labconco FreeZone 12)

2 networked computer workstations

1 Beckman Coulter DU 650 spectrophotometer

1 Perkin Elmer HGA-800 graphite furnace AAS

1 potentiostat Model PS-605

1 Denton vacuum dv 502a evaporator

3 Parr non-stirred pressure vessels (models 4760, 4763, and 4740)

2 networked printers

Reciprocal access/courtesy agreements with neighboring laboratories give reliable access to a Malvern Nano Zetasizer dynamic light scattering (DLS), BET (Micromeritics Tristar and ASAP-2020), Chemisorption (Micromeritics AutoChem 2920), UV-Vis spectroscopy (Agilent Cary 100), fluorescence spectroscopy (Agilent Cary Eclipse Fluorescence Spectrophotometer), elemental analysis (PE2100 CHN Analyzer and Perkin Elmer Optima 2100DV ICP-AES).

ISU Chemistry Department (see here) and Ames Laboratory Facilities (see here) maintain a full complement of instrumentation, including Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectrophotometers (300-600 MHz), electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR), atomic force microscopy (AFM), scanning and transmission electron microscopy (SEM and TEM, including FEI Technai G2 F20 Field Emission TEM, and JEOL 5910 SEM; EDX and EFTEM capable), FT-IR (Bruker IFS-66V FT-IR), ESI-MS (Agilent QTOF 6540), MALDI-TOF-MS (Applied Biosystems QSTAR XL), X-ray diffraction (powder, including low angle, and single crystal), TGA and DSC (TA Instruments Q50).

The department staffs electronics, glassblowing, and machine shops. Secretarial services are also provided by the Chemistry Department. ISU site licenses provide access to drawing and word/data processing software and major online scientific databases (SciFinder Scholar, Beilstein, PubMed, ISI Web of Knowledge). ISU's libraries maintain excellent print and online journal collections and interlibrary loan services at no additional cost.

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