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Chemistry and Biochemistry Resources and Services

Career Information

Chemistry is the central science and that means getting a chemistry degree opens up many opportunities for your career. If you are interested in working in agriculture, pharmaceuticals, pertrochemicals, flavors, fragrances, forensics, or environmental - chemistry is the undergraduate degree you need.

Maybe you see yourself going to graduate school in chemistry, biochemistry, pharmaceutical science or environmental science. Or maybe you are pre-med, pre-dent, etc. Chemistry turns out to be a better choice for an undergraduate degree as it allows you to stand out in the application process and makes you better prepared for the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). No matter what your career plans, if you are interested in any of these areas, talk to a chemistry faculty member.

For more information about careers for chemists check out:

Opportunities to do Undergraduate Research

Thinking about going to graduate school or professional school (medical, pharmacy, dentistry etc.)? Then make the most out of your undergraduate experience and do some undergraduate research. Find out more here Undergraduate Research Opportunities and Resources.


Throughout the year a limited number of scholarships are available to chemistry majors. Most scholarships required that you submit a curriculum vitae, a statement about your goals and/or career path, and transcripts (unofficial ones are OK in most situations). Please see our Scholarships page for details.


SciFinder is a research tool used by scientists around the world to access single- and multi-step reactions, experimental and predicted properties, and substance information from the CAS Registry for chemical substance information. Students can register for SciFinder here and log in to SciFinder here.


The department has ChemSketch installed on all computers in the Student Computer Lab, Room 3008. More information about ChemSketch can be found on the ChemSketch website.

Chemistry Computer Lab

A chemistry computer lab is available for you to study, prepare your lab reports, complete online homework in Building 50, Room 3008. The computers are equipped with software to draw chemical structures (ChemSketch). Web cameras are available for use.

Library/Search Facilities and Chemistry Tools

The Department of Chemistry has online access to full ACS journals, articles, and many other non-ACS journals via ScienceDirect and other chemistry databases, available through the UNF Thomas Carpenter Library. For more information, contact Sarah Moukhliss.

The Royal Society of Chemistry is one of the world's leading scientific publishers, offering an exceptional range of peer-reviewed journals, magazines, books, databases and publishing services to the chemical science community.

Chemistry Tune Up Course

Chemistry is offering a program to help our students succeed in Chemistry. The Chemistry faculty have found students that are struggling in the course after the first exam are less likely to complete CHM2045 with a C or better. For that reason, Chemistry is offering a “tune-up” that allows the student to transfer out of CHM2045 and into CHM1025 (Introduction to Chemistry). This will allow the student to acquire the skills and knowledge needed for success prior to re-enrolling in CHM2045 the following semester. Click here for more information.

Chronicle of Higher Education

The Thomas G. Carpenter Library now offers full online access to The Chronicle of Higher Education Web site. To access the site, go to from any campus computer. No password is necessary. Off-campus access is available to current faculty, staff and students through Quick Links in MyWings and from several library database pages. A link is also available on the library’s faculty information page that automatically prompts the login when you are off campus, at The login is the same as for other library databases. For a quick summary of available content, visit the site map at Highlighted features include the following:

  • Web site updates throughout the day
  • Text from the current print edition posted every Monday morning
  • A searchable archive of every issue published since September 1998
  • Commentary and essays from the weekly magazine, The Chronicle Review
  • Data from the annual almanac and other special, single-topic reports
  • Complimentary e-mail newsletters at

Analytical Services

The Analytical Instrumentation Facility houses a number of advanced analytical instruments which can be used to analyze numerous samples for you. Our instruments include NMR, FTIR (Solid and Liquid), UV-Vis, AA, GC, GC/MS, and XRD.

Our services are available at reasonable prices. Whether it is a simple sample analysis, method development, or a more complicated structural elucidation, quality work is provided in a timely fashion.

Click the instrument below for rate information. The charges are on a per sample or per hour basis depending on the instrument involved. For special requests such as NMR data interpretations, analyses requiring the use of several instruments, complex mixture analysis, etc., please contact Dr. Sam Xia at (904) 620-1962 or

  • Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Analysis (NMR)

    Solution Probes:

    The NMR lab is equipped with a Agilent VNMRS 500 MHz Nuclear Magnetic Resonance instrument.

    • 1H-19F/15N-31P 5 mm PFG AutoX Dual Broadband Probe for 1H, 19F, as well as other nuclei in the resonance frequency range between 50 MHz (15N) and 202 MHz (31P).
    • 1H-19F{13C} 5mm Triple resonance PFG probe; indirect detection with high sensitivity for 1H and 19F.

    Both probes have VT capability between -80°C and +120°C. In addition to 1D 1H, 19F, 13C, 31P, 29Si NMR experiments, the instrument can acquire APT, DEPT, and 2D experiments such as COSY, TOCSY, NOESY, HSQC, and HMBC.

    Rates (per sample)
    Charge per sample On Campus Off Campus (academic) Industry
    1H $25 $40 $60
    13C/29Si $40 $55 $90
    19F $25 $40 $60
    31P $40 $55 $90
    APT $40 $60 $90
    DEPT $50 $70 $100
    COSY $40 $60 $80
    TOCSY $50 $70 $100
    HSQC $60 $100 $120
    HMBC $100 $150 $170

    Solid State NMR - Please inquire

    500 MHz Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Machine
  • Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR)

    Available Instruments:

    • Perkin-Elmer Spectrum BX (with liquid attenuated total reflectance (ATR) accessory)
    • Perkin-Elmer Spectrum One (with solid attenuated total reflectance (ATR) accessory)
    • Shimadzu IRAffinity-1 FTIR
    IR Service Rates (per sample)
    Located Charge Per Sample
    On Campus $40
    Off Campus (Academic) $60
    Industry $80

    *minimum charge 1 hour.

    Perkin Elmer Spectrum One FTIR

    Perkin Elmer Spectrum One FTIR machine

    Perkin Elmer Spectrum BX FTIR

    Perkin Elmer Spectrum BX FTIR machine
  • Ultraviolet and Visible Spectroscopy (UV/Vis)

    Available Instruments:

    Perkin-Elmer Lambda 35 UV-Visible spectrophotometer can be used to perform quantitation, spectral scans, and kinetic analysis in the ultraviolet (UV) to visible wavelength range (190 - 850 nm).

    Located Charge per hour
    On Campus $40
    Off Campus (Academic) $60
    Industry $80

    *minimum charge is 1 hour

    Perkin Elmer Lambda 35 UV-Vis

    Perkin Elmer Lambda 35 UV Vis machine
  • Atomic Absorption Analysis (AA)

    Available Instruments:

    The department is equipped with a Perkin Elmer AAnalyst 800 instrument for metals analysis. There are many Hollow Cathode Lamps (HCL) and Electrodeless Discharge Lamps (EDL) ready for metal ion analyses. They include Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Copper, Aluminum, Chromium, Zinc, Lead, Antimony, Cadmium, Selenium, Tin, and Arsenic. Please call Dr. Sam Xia at (904)620-1962 or by email at for other metal analyses.

    Located Charge per hour
    On Campus $40
    Off Campus (Academic) $60
    Industry $80

    *minimum charge is 1 hour

    Perkin Elmer AAnalyst 800 AA

    Perkin Elmer AAnalyst 800 AA machine
  • Gas Chromatographic Analysis (GC)

    Available Instruments:

    • Perkin Elmer Clarus 500 GC with FID
    • Agilent HP5890 GC with FID/ECD (dual column option)
    Located Charge per hour
    On Campus $40
    Off Campus (Academic) $60
    Industry $80

    *minimum charge is 1 hour

    If method development is required, please contact Dr. Sam Xia at (904)620-1962 or by email at for rates.

    Perkin Elmer Clarus 500GC

    Perkin Elmer Clarus 500GC machine
  • Gas Chromatograph-Mass Spectrometric Analysis (GC-MS)

    Available Instruments:

    • Varian CP-3800 GC and Saturn 2200 GC/MS system
    • Agilent HP5890 GC and HP5972 MS system
    Located Charge per hour
    On Campus $40
    Off Campus (Academic) $60
    Industry $80

    *minimum charge is 1 hour

    If method development is required, please contact Dr. Sam Xia at (904)620-1962 or by email at for quotes.

    Varian CP-3800 and Saturn 2200 GC/Ms

    Varian CP 3800 and Saturn 2200 GC Ms machine
  • Quanta Master 30 PTI Spectrofluorometer

    Available Instruments:

    Quanta Master 30 PTI Spectrofluorometer with high-power Xe flash lamp

    Located Charge per hour
    On Campus $40
    Off Campus (Academic) $60
    Industry $80

    *minimum charge 1 hour

Chemistry Instrumentation

We have a large array of scientific instrumentation for use in both teaching and research. Our current inventory includes:

  • Varian 500 MHz Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Spectrometer with:
    • 50-position auto-sampler
    • Extended temperature range capability for VT work
    • 1H-19F/15N-31P 5 mm PFG AutoX DB Probe
    • 13C{1H/19F} 5 mm PFG Triple Res Probe
    • 1H{15N-31P} 4 mm PFG Indirect Detection Nano Probe
    • 3.2 mm NB Triple Resonance HXY MAS Solids Probe
  • Single Crystal Bruker D8 Venture X-ray Diffractometer with micro-focus Mo X-ray source for low temperature data collection, and high pressure data collection (up to 50GPa) using a diamond anvil cell
  • LTQ XL High Performance Linear Ion Trap Mass Spectrometer with ESI probe and UltiMate 3000 HPLC
  • Varian Saturn 2100 Gas Chromatograph Ion-Trap Mass Spectrometer (GC-MS)
  • Hewlett-Packard HP Agilent 5890 Gas Chromatograph with FID/ECD detection (dual column)
  • Agilent 1200 Quaternary Liquid Chromatograph with Variable Wavelength Detector
  • Perkin Elmer Lambda35 UV/Vis Spectrophotometer
  • Perkin Elmer SpectrumOne Infrared Spectrometer (FT-IR) with ATR accessory
  • Thermo Scientific Nicolet iS10 FTIR
  • Shimadzu IR Affinity I (with HATR ZnSe)
  • Pine Instruments Bipotentiostat with rotator for voltammetry
  • Perkin Elmer AAnalyst 800 Flame/Graphite Furnace Atomic Absorption Spectrometer
  • Perkin Elmer FIMS 400 Cold Vapor Mercury Analyzer
  • Quanta Master 30 PTI Spectrofluorometer with high-power Xe flash lamp
  • ThermoFisher Evolution UV Vis Spectrophotometer with NanoDrop Lite Accessory
  • TA SDT 650 Discovery Series TGA-DSC
  • Cary Agilent Bio 100 UV/Vis Spectrophotometer
  • High Performance Computing Cluster featuring nine dual Intel 12 core Xeon processor computing nodes


The Chemistry department is located in the Science & Engineering Building, Building 50. This facility provides teaching and research facilities for the departments of Chemistry, Physics, Building Construction Management, and Engineering (Civil, Mechanical, and Electrical).

The building includes two state-of-the-art lecture halls, a timber-woodland laboratory, a construction and structural materials laboratory, a state-of-the-art analytical chemistry laboratory, and research laboratories for Chemistry and Physics faculty.

The chemistry labs and individual offices are situated on the second and third floor of the building in the south wing. Lecture halls and classrooms (including a 125-seat auditorium with a fume hood) are located on the first floor.

In 2020, Chemistry expanded and renovated more than 20,000 square feet to provide six new research laboratories, three new teaching laboratories, a computer laboratory, a classroom for upper-level lectures, a cold room, an autoclave room, two student study areas, a locker room, a receiving room, a new ACS Chemistry Club room, a new Department office, and 16 new faculty/staff offices. Chemistry now has ~63,000 sq. ft. of space providing room for faculty and student growth.