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  • College of Arts & Sciences

    • Science Division
    • Kirkbride, Room 323
    • tel: 610-499-4002

  • Andrea E. Martin, PhD

    • Associate Professor and Chair of Chemistry
    • Kirkbride Hall, Room 466B
    • tel: 610-499-4515


Facilities, Chemistry

Chemistry majors have access to some of the university’s most advanced research labs, where students learn analytical techniques such as nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), mass spectrometry, and many types of chromatography. Students are also trained in handling air-sensitive materials using glove boxes and vacuum lines. 

Below are a few highlights of the chemistry facilities at Widener University.

Introductory Chemistry Teaching Laboratories

The chemistry department has three teaching laboratories designed for introductory chemistry courses. These rooms have all been recently renovated and they have been designed to accommodate a wide range of different laboratory teaching styles. Each of these rooms is designed to accommodate 16 students. The design allows students to work individually, in pairs, or in groups of four depending upon the experiment. Students can work in pairs in a fully functional chemical safety hood. Each room has one ADA student station to meet any special accommodations required by students in the courses. In the center of the room is a large table that is used for discussions and for student presentations.

View photos of our introductory chemistry teaching labs.

Advanced Teaching Laboratories

The chemistry department has two large teaching laboratories used for upper-division courses. One laboratory is designed for the synthesis of organic and inorganic molecules. The lab contains hoods, lab benches, and synthetic chemistry equipment. The second upper level laboratory contains large amounts of bench space, a hood, and  instrumentation. Both rooms are designed so that students can conduct multi-week laboratory experiments. 

View photos of our advanced chemistry teaching labs.

Research Labs

The chemistry department has six research laboratories designed for undergraduate research projects. The labs are used for faculty-student collaborative projects. Each research lab is designed for different types of research projects. We have labs setup for biochemistry and molecular genetics, air-sensitive inorganic synthesis, greener organic synthesis, and the study of physical properties of refrigerants and other molecules.

View photos of our chemistry research labs.


The chemistry department is very well equipped with state-of-the-art instrumentation. The instrumentation owned by the department is used in coursework and research. Students start using instrumentation in their sophomore organic chemistry laboratory course, and chemistry majors continue to learn and use the instrumentation in their junior and senior coursework and research projects. The department owns the following equipment: FT-NMR, MS, GC/MS, GFAA, AA, GC, HPLC, IC, FT-IR, UV/VIS absorption and fluorescence plate reader, EG&G PAR 263A densitometer, PCR amplification, ultracentrifugation.

View photos of our instrumentation.