Modern Instrumentation

Shawnee State has an outstanding array of modern instrumentation available for hands-on use by students in both classes and research.


 NMR Magnet  NMR Console

The Department of Natural Sciences at Shawnee State University operates a Bruker Fourier 300 MHz NMR Spectrometer for use in its undergraduate teaching labs, as well as for research. The spectrometer was installed in the spring of 2012 and is housed in Massie Hall, room 019.

The Fourier 300 has an ultra shield magnet, and is capable of performing most common 1-D 1H and 13C experiments. It can also perform homonuclear and heteronuclear 2-D experiments, such as COSY, NOESY, HSQC, HMQC, and HMBC. The Fourier spectrometer has a 5mm high-resolution NMR probe equipped with a z-gradient coil.

For training in use of the NMR spectrometer, please contact Dr. Andy Napper. An abbreviated user-manual (PDF) is available online.



HP 5890 Series II plus Gas Chromatograph with HP 5972 quadrupole mass spectrometer. The GC-MS is used to perform separations of complicated mixtures, and can identify individual components on the basis of their mass spectrum.

Procedures are available for operation of the GC-MS with a typical organic compound (PDF), as well as a specific procedure for students assigned unknowns (PDF) in Organic Chemistry 2, CHEM3306.



Nicolet 380 Fourier-Transform Infra-Red Spectrophotometer. This instrument is used to probe molecular vibrations, which can be used to quantify and identify organic and inorganic samples.

A brief procedure (PDF) for operating the FTIR for students in our Organic Chemistry lab is available.


Lab-alliance Series I isocratic High Performance Liquid Chromatograph. This HPLC can separate mixtures of substances, and based upon their retention time and UV absorbance, quantitation and identification is possible.


Sakura Cryo 3 cryostat. The Tissue-Tek Cryo3 is a precision instrument used to freeze and section tissue specimens.

Natural Sciences

Contact Information

Department of Natural Sciences
940 Second Street
Portsmouth, OH 45662

Dr. Andy Napper, Chairperson
Sharon Messer, Secretary

Phone: (740) 351-3456
Fax: (740) 351-3815 or

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