Fairmont State receives grant to fund purchase of laboratory equipment

Published: Nov. 21, 2023 at 12:41 PM EST
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FAIRMONT, W.Va (WDTV) - Fairmont State University has been awarded a grant to help fund the purchase of laboratory equipment.

The $20,000 grant from STaR: Science, Technology & Research, a division of the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, will support the purchase of a new Fourier-transform infrared (FTIR) spectrometer, according to university officials.

Officials say the new FTIR spectrometer will be used by faculty and up to 150 students annually for quantitative analysis, molecular structure determination, and to identify compounds synthesized in the laboratory.

It will replace an outdated instrument in the Department of Natural Science’s comprehensive laboratory suite, which includes a gas chromatograph-mass spectrophotometer, a nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer, an atomic absorption spectrophotometer, a fluorometer, a polarimeter, a gel permeation chromatograph, and ultraviolet-visible spectrophotometers.

The project proposal was developed by a team of Fairmont State faculty, including Drs. Daniel Sadowsky, Andreas Baur, Matt Scanlon, and Jojo Joseph.

“Our students will be using the new FTIR spectrometer in a variety of contexts across the core laboratory curriculum,” said Sadowsky.

“In the chemistry program here at Fairmont State, we deliberately have small class sizes and really focus on hands-on, practical experience in the laboratory,” Sadowsky continued. “The new FTIR spectrometer will absolutely have an impact; the students will be using state-of-the-art technology and pushing it to its limits.”

STaR’s Instrumentation Grant Program supports undergraduate students in West Virginia to continue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math by increasing their exposure to scientific instrumentation, officials say.

With the new spectrometer, Fairmont State aims to provide undergraduate students with hands-on experience that prepares them for employment and graduate education opportunities.