About Our Instrument Collection

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About Our Instrument Collection

Scientific instruments are the tools of the chemists’ trade. CHF is one of the few institutions in the world that is actively collecting and promoting the study of analytical tools that helped shape the modern world. From early handheld balances to late-20th-century mass spectrometers, CHF seeks to preserve the material heritage of chemistry.

Strengths of CHF’s instrument collection include the Beckman IR-1 spectrophotometer, John Fenn’s electrospray mass spectrometer, and Bruce Merrifield’s solid-phase peptide synthesizer. This collection is supplemented by a vast array of instrumentation manuals and trade literature.

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