Florida Tech Chemistry

Chemical Safety and Research Facilities

Chemical Safety

Safety is of paramount importance in the chemistry research and teaching laboratories. It is the responsibility of students, faculty, and staff to ensure that everybody conducts their laboratory work safely and complies with all health and safety rules.

Important note to students: In addition to other safety rules presented by your instructor or research advisor, always remember that you must wear proper eye protection, a lab coat or lab apron, and closed-toed shoes whenever you are in a chemistry laboratory. Dispose of all chemicals in the proper containers, as described by your instructor or research advisor.

Below are links to important sources of information about safe handling of chemicals and waste.

Florida Tech Office of Environmental Health and Safety for information about handling and shipping chemicals, safety training, waste disposal, etc.

Chemistry Safety Manual

Safety Data Sheet (SDS, MSDS) search

Florida Tech Emergency Manual, with information about responding to fires, chemical or radiological spill/release, and medical emergencies

Emergency Contacts

For All Non- Life Threatening Emergencies: Call Campus Security (321-674-8111 or x8111)

For Police, Ambulance, or Fire Department: Dial 911 (dial 9-911 using campus phone) then call Campus  Security (321-674-8111 or x8111).

Uncontrolled Major Hazardous Spill: Follow directions: Emergency response procedure, then call Campus Security (321-674-8111 or x8111) and the Emergency Coordinator, Gregg Peebles (Office: 321-674-7715 or x7715, Cell: 321-917-5484, Home: 321-729-8142)

Research Facilities and Instrumentation

Chemistry faculty and students conduct most of their research inside the 70,000 square-foot Olin Physical Science Center, which contains several multi-user instrument rooms that are accessible to students, researchers, and collaborators.  If you are interested in accessing these instruments or learning more about their capabilities, contact

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR)

  • Bruker 400 MHz spectrometer (multinuclear and multidimensional)
  • Bruker 360 MHz spectrometer (multinuclear and multidimensional)
  • Anasazi 60 MHz NMR spectrometer (educational instrument)

Mass Spectrometry (MS) and Liquid/Gas Chromatography (LC/GC)

  • LC-MS
    • Agilent 6560 IM-QTOF MS with 1290 Infinity II UHPLC
    • Agilent 6120 Quadrupole MS with 1260 HPLC
  • GC-MS
    • Perkin-Elmer Clarus 500/560D GC-MS
    • HP G1800A GC-MS


  • RHK SPM 100 scanning probe microscope
  • Nanoscience EasyScan 2 scanning tunneling microscope (educational instrument)
  • Nicolet Magna 760 FT-IR microscope


  • Perkin-Elmer model 5000 atomic absorption
  • Jasco V-650 UV-vis
  • Agilent 8453 diode array UV-vis
  • Jasco J-815 circular dichroism with fluorescence monochromator/detector
  • Nicolet 6700 FT-IR
  • Nicolet Magna 760 FT-IR microscope
  • Nicolet IR200 ATR FT-IR
  • Horiba Fluoromax-3 Fluorescence

Libraries & Computing

  • Gaussian '09 and Spartan '14 molecular modeling software
  • Evans Library with full range of journals and online databases
  • Academic support including tutoring in chemistry, assistance with English, writing, and presentation skills

University-wide Facilities and Instrumentation

  • JEOL JSM-6380LV Scanning Electron Microscope with EDAX capability
  • Nikon C1Si multi-spectral laser scanning confocal microscope
  • Zeiss EM900 Transmission Electron Microscope
  • Machine and Electronic Shops
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