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Federal Agency Donates Lab Instruments to GC Sciences

By Carla Morris

lab workThe U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s Chicago lab has donated scientific instruments valued at $300,000 to Greenville College for use in its science labs.

The four instruments are all top-of-the-line and fully functional according to Professor of Chemistry Darrell Iler, director of STEM programs at GC.

GC’s chemistry program prioritizes extensive hands-on experience with advanced instrumentation for all students, beginning in freshman year courses.

And, though small class sizes make this experience possible for chemistry students, Iler said that keeping the department’s suite of instruments up to date is always challenging.

Well Equipped

“We are very well equipped for a small school, but in the last two or three years we’ve been more concerned because of aging equipment,” he explained. “This donation helps considerably.”

This spring, Iler will teach a course in instrumental analysis where students will have the opportunity to use all four instruments.

The new acquisitions include:

Instrument

Value

Agilent liquid chromatograph with photo-diode array detector

$57,000

Nicolet 6700 FTIR-Raman

$167,000

Nicolet 6700 FTIR

$47,000

Agilent gas chromatograph with FID detector

$53,000

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This story was published on January 05, 2017




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