Quantum Chemistry Lab

Information Technology

West Chester University

Adel Barimani, CIO
Vice President for Information Services
23 Anderson Hall
West Chester, PA 19383


Quantum Chemistry Laboratory (QCL)


Located in Schmucker Science Center South, the QCL is equipped to investigate the dynamics of molecules and materials down to the quantum state resolved level. A Nd:YAG laser produces high energy pulses with a 6 nanosecond pulse width (that's about a billionth of a heartbeat) at one of three different "colors": 1064 nm in the infrared, 532 nm in the visible and 355 nm in the ultraviolet. This laser can be used to excite materials and induce chemistry to create not only new molecules but also new solid structures. Several other light sources in the lab can also be used to excite molecules so that we can study their rotational, vibrational, and electronic energy levels as well as energy transfer and photochemistry with a high-resolution grating spectrometer. To aid in data analysis, modeling and visualization a full suite of high-powered quantum and structural chemistry software is available on our 6-processor/12-core desktop supercomputer.