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Instrumentation to Improve Chemistry and Environmental Science Laboratory Curricula

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Final rept. 1 Jun 1998-31 May 1999

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The objective of this project was to acquire state-of-the art laboratory instrumentation that will improve the research and education programs in chemistry, biology, and environmental sciences at the bachelors and masters levels at Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico PCUPR. Introduction of modem chemical instrumentation in the chemistry, biology, and environmental science curricula provides a valuable experience for students and stimulation for the faculty. The major concern now facing the chemistry, biology, and environmental science faculty at PCUPR is the inability to demonstrate in the laboratory some of the most important techniques in environmental analysis such as Induced Couple Plasma ICP Spectroscopy, High Performance Liquid Chromatography HPLC and UVV is Spectroscopy that are emphasized in lectures. The funds requested in this Research Agreement with the U.S. Army Research Office were used to purchase a Perkin Elmer Optima 3000XL Induced Couple Plasma ICP Spectrometer, a Perkin Elmer Lambda 20 UVV is Spectrophotometer, a Hewlett-Packard 1100 High Performance Liquid Chromatographs, the corresponding accessories and other small analytical chemistry and environmental sciences equipment. It is no question that the acquisition of all these instruments has improved both laboratory education and undergraduate research in the departments of Biology and Chemistry at Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico. Furthermore, the number and quality of under-represented and low income Puerto Rican students that will be Involved in science and engineering will increase as a result of this project funded by the U.S. Department of Defense under the Air Force Office of Scientific Research.

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  • Humanities and History
  • Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods

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