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Resources and Links

Laboratory space

The Malapit laboratory is located at the G wing of the Technological Institute (Tech Building) at Northwestern. The Malapit lab has over 2,200 sq ft of working space, including wet and dry laboratory space, an instrumentation room, student offices, a conference room, and a pantry. The laboratory space has ten hoods, lab benches, and an instrumentation room equipped with state-of-the-art instruments for synthetic chemistry. Hoods are equipped with a Schlenck line, and each student will be assigned with their own hood, a lab bench, and an office desk. A conference room equipped with a projector and display system is connected to the laboratory and used for formal and casual meetings.


The following instruments will be available in the Malapit lab in 2022:

  • GC-MS with autosampler

  • GC-FID with autosampler

  • SFC-MS (supercritical fluid chromatography with UV and MS detectors)

  • Two double gloveboxes

  • Solvent purification system

  • Two automated flash chromatography

  • Three rotary evaporators

  • Two multi-channel potentiostats

  • Several ElectraSyn and carousels

  • Analytical and top-loading balances

  • Chemical refrigerators and –20 °C freezer

  • Ovens and a vacuum oven

  • Other equipment: desiccators, cryocooler with a pump, syringe pumps, and others.

Department Core Facilities, Institutes, and Centers

IMSERC (Integrated Molecular Structure Education and Research Center)

  • NMR spectroscopy

  • Mass spectrometry

  • X-ray crystallography

  • and other state-of-the-art instrumentation

ISEN (Institute for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern)

CCSS (Center for Catalysis and Surface Science)

REACT (Reactor Engineering and Catalyst Testing) facility

CLP (Chemistry for Life Processes Institute)

IIN (International Institute for Nanotechnology)

Other relevant centers and institutes: LEAP (Center for Light Energy Activated Processes), NU-HTA (Northwestern High Throughput Analysis laboratory), PCE (Proteomics Center of Excellence), and more

NU-LED (NU Laser and electronics design)

Machine shop

SAFETY (safety in the laboratory, chemical hygiene, waste, incident reporting, etc.)

Responsible conduct of research

Other safety resources

Chemistry Links

American Chemical Society (ACS)

The Electrochemical Society (ECS)

Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)

ACS Division of Organic Chemistry

Organic chemistry journals



Chemical Data

Bordwell pKa table


Solvents (properties, green solvents and chromatography

Electrophile/nucleophile reactivity (Mayr, poster 2016, poster 2020organocatalyst and organometallics)

Protecting groups


Pharmaceutical drugs


Techniques in synthetic chemistry and electrosynthesis


CV beginner's guide

Electro-organic synthesis beginner's guide

Schlenck line

Organic reactions

Science of Synthesis (SOS)

Organic Chemistry Portal (OCP)

Named reactions (Taber, SynArchive, ReactionFlash App)

Named rules and trends

Total synthesis (Trauner, Docherty and TaberSynArchive, Natural products)

C–C bond formation synthons

NMR Spectroscopy

1H NMR shifts, 13C NMR shifts, J(H-H), J(C–C) and J(C–H)

Multinuclear (19F NMR shifts and coupling constants, 31P NMR shits and coupling constants, 11B NMR shifts)

NMR Database


Trace impurities in NMR