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The Mission of the Amy Facility

The Jonathan Amy Facility for Chemical Instrumentation supports instruments and information technology within the Department of Chemistry at Purdue University, handling instrument design, fabrication, repairs and consulting. The long-established philosophy of the facility is to understand the experimental problem in depth such that the appropriate measurement of technology can be applied.

We are proud to use this fusion of science and technology to support the research and education of faculty, graduate students and undergraduate students in one of the top ranked Chemistry Departments in the nation.


This support includes repair of electronic instrumentation, design of specialized circuits for research applications, and consulting services. The staff are able to deal with all hardware, software and interface problems in the data path of modern laboratory instrumentation. A request for service by the facility is initiated with a service request form.

The staff includes a wide variety of professional skills. The professional staff comprises members with advanced degrees in the physical sciences. The technical staff have college level qualifications in electronic engineering technology. All staff members are engaged in a continuous process of retraining to master new technologies.

The facility also provides specialized services in support of instrumentation and microcomputer operations. There is a Precision Machine Shop attached to the Amy Facility. This shop is used for the design and non-routine fabrication of high precision laboratory apparatus. Support of the departmental NMR spectrometers is provided through the Amy Facility.

There are no service charges to people within the Department of Chemistry. Repair and construction parts are billed at cost. (Any work that is presented from outside the Department is evaluated on a case by case basis.) The operating philosophy of the facility includes a commitment to distribute its efforts equitably in all areas of departmental research and teaching activities as guided by the faculty. All projects and repairs are completed on a first come first served basis. The facility's policy is reviewed by a Faculty Advisory Committee on a continuing basis.

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