The department of chemistry is housed in Sampson Hoffland Laboratories, which was completed in June 2008. This building is a modern, well-equipped facility with ample laboratory space and an impressive array of instruments for instruction and research. Luther chemistry students learn to operate modern research-grade instruments such as the atomic absorption spectrometer, nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer, ultraviolet and visible spectrometers, gas chromatographs, high-performance liquid chromatograph, spectrofluorimeter, and lasers.

Beginning in general chemistry, students use computers equipped with special laboratory interfaces to program and collect data for subsequent spreadsheet and graphical analysis. Networked computer labs throughout campus provide facilities for further analysis and writing.

Sampson Hoffland Laboratories also houses the department of biology as well generous amounts of student study space.


  • Aglent 1100 series HPLC with Size Exclusion Columns
  • two HP 1090 HPLCs
  • three Buck Scientific 310 GCs
  • HP 5890 GC with FID Detection
  • HP 5890 GC with ECD Detection
  • Agilent 6890N/5973N GC-MS


  • Bruker Fourier 300 NMR Spectrometer (300 MHz)
  • Mettler-Toledo ReactIR 4000
  • two Jasco FT/IR 4100 Infrared Spectrometers
  • Buck Scientific 200A AA Spectrometer
  • Jasco J500 Spectropolarimeter
  • Spex Fluorolog Fluorometer
  • Cary-Varian 100 UV-Vis Spectrometer with Temperature Control
  • Jasco FP6300 Spectrofluorometer
  • HP 8452A UV-Vis Spectrometer
  • Jasco P2000 Digital Polarimeter
  • Edinburgh Instruments Mini-tau Lifetime Fluorescence Spectrometer
  • Jobin-Yvon Spex Spectrum ONE Raman instrument with CCD detector
  • Edinburgh Instruments CD900 spectrofluorometer
  • DeltaNu Advantage NIR Raman


  • MBraun Unilab Inert Atmosphere Glovebox
  • VAC Solvent Purifier
  • Fisher Scientific Muffle Furnace

Chemistry Facilities