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Agilent Technologies Instruments Chosen in Major Upgrade of Virginia Tech’s Chemistry Department


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Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) has announced a major sale of instrumentation to Virginia Tech’s department of chemistry, to be used in undergraduate teaching labs. Financial details were not disclosed.

          Approximately 7,000 Virginia Tech chemistry students per year will have access to seven new Agilent 5975C gas chromatography/mass spectrometry systems, six 240FS atomic absorption spectrometry systems, a major upgrade to the department’s nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy console, a 6100 Series single quadrupole liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry system, a Cary Eclipse fluorescence spectrophotometer, and a Cary 100 UV/Vis spectrophotometer.

           “This upgrade will enormously enhance the undergraduate laboratory experience for all students enrolled in chemistry classes—majors and non-majors,” said professor Jim Tanko, chair of the Virginia Tech chemistry department. “Virginia Tech will provide unprecedented, state-of- the-art facilities in support of undergraduate education. We are particularly excited that general chemistry labs for freshmen have been equipped with GC/MS equipment. We believe Virginia Tech is the first in the nation to offer this experience on such a large scale.”

          “Agilent is excited to be a part of this project,” said Bob Walker, Agilent regional manager. “Virginia Tech’s chemistry department is transforming science education by bringing students in contact with modern, industry-standard technology early in their academic experience. Also, thanks to Agilent’s expanded portfolio, customers can now fully equip their laboratories with a complete suite of analytical tools from a single vendor and receive world-class products and support.”

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