Chemistry & Biochemistry

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Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry

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Magnetic Resonance

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| |Spectroscopy & Photochemistry|
Several of our faculty use laser

spectroscopic methods to investigate problems from atmospheric chemistry

and pollution to understanding the mechanisms of oxidation of metal-bound



Student working on a Fourier-transform

Infrared instrument that is used to measure the infrared spectra

of radical species using a 150 meter path length absorption cell.

The radicals species are involved in the chemistry of the polluted

urban atmosphere.

Students working on the laser photolysis


This apparatus employs thermal lens

spectrometry to measure rate coefficients for the reactions of radical

species that lead to the formation of ozone in photochemical smog.

It consists of a CO2 laser, HeNe laser, and xenon flashlamp.

A laser photolysis/long path UV/vis

absorption apparatus used to study the dynamics and mechanism for

the photodissociation of halogen-containing molecules present in the


An undergraduate student is reacting

a cysteinato complex with photochemically generated singlet oxygen.

An undergraduate student is preparing

a cysteinato complex that will be photooxidized.

Prof. Selke is measuring the decay

rate of singlet oxygen in the presence of a metal complex.

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