Chemistry faculty and students carry out experiments using an extensive array of state-of-the-art instrumentation for molecular structure determination, spectroscopy, chromatography, and other specialized techniques. Recent acquisitions include a liquid chromatography electrospray ionization quadrupole time of flight mass spectrometer (LC-ESI-MS) used to study the structure and composition of lipids and proteins, and a charge-coupled device (CCD) dual source X-ray diffractometer used to determine the three-dimensional arrangement of atoms in molecules. See a list of current instrumentation.
Currently housed in the Seeley G. Mudd Chemistry Building, the Chemistry Department is scheduled to move mid-year 2015-16 into a new building, currently referred to as the "bridge building," which is part of Vassar's new Integrated Science Center. The new building will feature state-of-the-art classrooms and laboratories for teaching, independent research, and faculty research. For more information about the Integrated Science Center, visit the Science at Vassar website.