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ChE Labs

The Chemical Engineering Department’s six labs provide students with unparalleled opportunities to work with modern equipment and instruments. Find out more below.


Analytical Instrumentation Lab (ECS-110)

The Analytical Instrumentation Lab in ECS-110, used for faculty and student research, houses instruments for chemical and electrical analysis and optics and microscopy, as well as tools for handling chemicals.

Instruments to determine chemical composition include:

  • Nicolet FT-IR Spectrophotometer—uses infrared spectroscopy
  • Shimadzu UV-vis Spectrophotometer—uses ultraviolet and visible spectroscopy
  • SRI Gas Chromatograph with FID Detector—uses chemical quantities with gas chromatography
  • Keithley 2400 Multimeterto support educational and research projects in PEM fuel cells and solar cells.

Analytical Instruments for optical analysis include: 

  •  Zeiss Microscope with Hamamatsu Camerafor educational and research projects in microfluidics 
  • Paraytec UV Area Imagerto support educational and research projects in microfluidics

Battery & Fuel Cell Lab (ECS-109)

The Battery and Fuel Cell Lab in ECS-109 provides state-of-the-art equipment to test and build prototype batteries and fuel cells. The lab contains:

  • A fume hood and glove box
  • Test ovens
  • Coin cell press
  • Battery tester, and
  • Chemical refrigeration storage

Catalysis & Reaction Engineering Lab (EN3-111)

Graduate and undergraduate students have an opportunity to use the lab equipment to study various chemical reactions and catalyst materials. Read more about the Catalysis & Reaction Engineering Lab

Computer Resource Lab (ECS-114)

The Computer Resource Laboratory in ECS-114 serves all courses in the ChE program. Students must obtain an annount from technician Minh Tran. This lab's computers run:

  • Microsoft Office Suite
  • LabVIEW (5 major pilot-scale devices can be accessed online via LabVIEW)
  • PRO/II
  • LoopPro
  • COMSOL Multiphysics (limited)

Microfabrication Lab (ECS-214)

The Microfabrication Laboratory in ECS-214 is dedicated to ongoing educational and research projects in microfluidics technology at the interface of biology, chemistry, and engineering. The lab is housed in a Class 10,000 cleanroom. Read more about the Microfabrication Lab

Unit Operations Lab (ECS-111)

The 2,000-square-foot Unit Ops Laboratory in ECS-111 is used for the two ChE undergraduate lab courses, as well as lectures. It houses eight pilot-scale and 11 bench-scale pieces of chemical process equipment as well as numerous analytical instruments. Read more about the Unit Operations Lab