Facilities and Instrumentation


Chemistry faculty members work out of dedicated GW science and research buildings as well as several major D.C.-based institutions, offering a robust range of opportunities.





Our state of the art research labs have the equipment that is needed to do first class research.

Graduate student using using the glove box


Mass Spectrometry and Chromatography

Nano liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (nano LC-MS)

Matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization-mass spectrometry (MALDI-MS)

Laser ablation electrospray ionization-mass spectrometry (MALDI-MS)

Silicon nanopost array laser desorption/ionization-mass spectrometry (NAPA LDI-MS)

Gas chromatography and liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS&LC-MS)

Gas chromatography with flame ionization detection (GC-FID)

High performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) and HPLC-mass spectrometry (HPLC-MS)

Flash chromatography

Fast protein liquid chromatography

Gel permeation chromatography


Inductively coupled plasma-atomic emission spectroscopy (ICP-AES)

Raman spectroscopy

NanoDrop UV-Vis spectrophotometry and UV/Vis/NIR spectrophotometry

Fluorescence spectroscopy, NIR detector, integration sphere

Circular dichroism spectroscopy

Laser spectroscopy laboratory suite

Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy

Material Characterization

The Nanofabrication and Imaging Center, featuring confocal microscopy, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and focused ion beam scanning electron microscopy (FIBSEM)

Single crystal and powder X-ray diffractometry

Battery charge/discharge testing stations

Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy

Nano differential scanning calorimetry (Nano DSC)

Differential thermal analysis (DTA) and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA)

Surface area and porosity analysis

Dynamic light scattering (DLS)

Isothermal titration calorimetry (ITC)

Material Synthesis

Thin film deposition and spin coating

Microwave synthesis

Glove boxes for inert atmosphere chemistry

Parr high pressure reactors and continuous flow reactors

Biochemistry and Chemical Biology

Biosafety cabinets for cell and tissue culturing

PCR thermocycler for nucleic acid amplification

CO incubator for mammalian cell culturing

Cryo-microtome for ultrathin soft material sampling

Syngene gel/western blot imaging

Shaking incubators for protein and nucleic acid analysis

Superspeed centrifugation

Circular dichroism spectroscopy

Fast protein liquid chromatography


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