Carroll College, Helena Montana

Chemical Instruments

Major Instruments

The Chemistry department houses glassware (including 2 Schlenk lines for air-free synthesis), ovens (glassware, muffle, and vacuum), refrigerators and freezers, rotary evaporators, vacuum pumps, and other synthetic and experimental equipment.  The building is also supplied with vacuum, natural gas, and reverse-osmosis purified water.  The following instrumentation is also departmentally shared:


  • 2 Ocean Optics visible range fiber optic spectrophotometers
  • 6 Spectronic 20 Genesys spectrophotometers
  • 4 Spectronic Genesys 5 spectrophotometers
  • HP 8453 diode array UV-visible spectrophotometer
  • Ocean Optics fiber optic fluorometer
  • ThermoFisher iS10 FTIR with diamond ATR accessory and gas sampling cells
  • Perkin-Elmer Optima 2000 DV inductively-coupled plasma atomic emission spectrometer


  • Agilent 1260 Quaternary Pump HPLC with autosampler and fraction collector
  • HP 6890 gas chromatograph with FID and HP 5973 mass spectrometer detectors.

New research and learning lab to feature Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectrometer

LabCarroll Assistant Professor of Chemistry Colin Thomas is the lead on a newly approved grant award to transform a Fortin Science Center lab into a new research space for upperclassmen. The new lab will feature a high-resolution Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectrometer (NMR), allowing Carroll student-researchers to command the preeminent technique for determining the structure of organic compounds. In honor of the project’s largest grant source, the new facility will be christened the E. L. Wiegand Integrated Research and Learning Lab. This facility will complement Carroll’s new upper-division chemistry course changes, which emphasize hands-on research (thus the name “integrated”) and will also be home to ongoing independent summer student-faculty research. The E. L. Wiegand Foundation, which has been so generous in supporting Carroll research in this and many other science initiatives, is headquartered in Reno, Nevada.

Construction is starting this month, with major project milestones coming up throughout summer and fall. According to Dr. Thomas, lab construction and commissioning of the NMR are expected to be completed in mid- to late spring 2014. Classes will be scheduled in the E. L. Wiegand Integrated Research and Learning Lab by the fall 2014 semester.

(Photo right: artist rendering of completed new lab)