Hands-On Learning

Chemistry research at Augustana is not only a great hands-on learning experience for students, it’s job training.

At Augustana, students can take advantage of the funding relationships we’ve developed with NASA's Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research and the Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network. All of Augustana's tenure-track faculty have active research programs that engage 8 to 19 students each summer to actively participate in their work.

Students develop proficiency with modern instrumentation and become accustomed to molecular modeling and research.

Augustana campus is provided with state-of-the-art equipment, including infrared, UV-visible, NMR, Raman, Emission, and Atomic Absorption spectroscopy equipment, liquid and gas chromatography equipment, and more. The recent addition of a Varian 400 MHz Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectrometer is a nice benefit for students. Currently, the instrument is capable of acquiring simple 1D carbon and proton spectra, as well as more complex spectra. Furthermore, the instrument probe can be tuned to collect phosphorus and fluorine NMR.

These techniques are used to provide high-resolution data to confirm structures of compounds made both in the teaching labs and in the research programs. Most peer-reviewed journals require compound analysis on a high field NMR—this equipment allows us to now publish in these journals.

More about real-world experiences through the chemistry department.