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Dr. Mary Scott Railing
Assistant Professor
Email: mrailing@wju.edu
Phone: 1-304-243-2334


Facilities and Instrumentation



The Chemistry Department is located in the new Acker Science Center and in the adjoining Donahue Hall. The general, organic, analytical and physical chemistry laboratory courses are held in separate labs on the 3rd floor of Donahue Hall. Down the hall, on the same floor in the adjoining Acker Science Center, is the new 1700 ft undergraduate research laboratory. Each faculty member has research space to accommodate from 2 to 4 students.

The department is well equipped with state-of-the-art instrumentation. Since 1999, faculty members have received over $300,000 in grants to purchase an AAS, GC/MS, FTIR, and an upgrade for the NMR. Students will obtain hands-on-experience using the various instruments in the laboratory courses and in undergraduate research projects.

Instruments:  (click on instrument for picture)

Major Departmental Equipment

  1. CW-NMR, Varian EM360, $65,275, NSF Instrumentation Grant, September 2001

  2. FTIR, Perkin-Elmer, $16,000, Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh and University Funds, April 2001

  3. GC/MS, Varian Saturn 2000, $80,000, NSF CCLI, WV EPSCoR and University Funds, May 2001

  4. Atomic Absorption Spectrometer, Varian 55B, $18,000, Pittsburgh Conference Memorial National Grant and University Funds, December 1999

  5. Spectrofluorometer, Shimadzu, $13,000,  Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh Grant + University and Departmental Funds, September 1997

  6. HPLC, Varian, Dual pump with analytical and semi-prep columns and RI & UV detectors, $18,000, WV EPSCoR/NSF Grant, June 1997

  7. GC, GowMac 350 Isocratic, $2,500, Departmental Funds, 1993

  8. FTIR, Midac, $16,500, Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh Grant + University and Departmental Funds + Alumni Donations, 1991

  9. Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer, Varian SpectraAA-10, $12,000, Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh Grant + University Funds, 1984

  10. UV-Vis Spectrophotometer, Varian DMS-100S, $10,500, Spectroscopy society of Pittsburgh Grant + University Funds, 1982

  11. Gas Chromatograph, Varian 3400 Programmable, $10,500, Society of Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh + University and Departmental Funds, 1981

  12. Glove Box



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