Caltech Center for Catalysis and Chemical Synthesis

Scott Virgil – Director
Gregory Fu – Faculty Advisor

The Caltech Center for Catalysis and Chemical Synthesis (3CS) is open to Caltech researchers for the advancement of their research using specialized resources for high throughput discovery. Robotic liquid handling instrumentation allows researchers to prepare their experiment using library design software for fully automated operation or to perform experiments in “walk-up” mode taking advantage of ease of use. To further aid in screening, the 3CS has accumulated an archive of catalysts and ligands from commercial sources. In addition, the 3CS maintains several pieces of equipment that allow screening of specialized reaction conditions. Finally, all analytical instrumentation is maintained for walk-up use for the screening and monitoring of reactions in high-throughput fashion.


  • 1 Freeslate Core Module N2 drybox System
  • 1 Freeslate Benchtop Core Module
  • 2 Zinsser Robotic Systems
  • 3 Biotage Microwave Reactors
  • 1 ThalesNano H-Cube Flow Reactor
  • 1 24-well High Pressure Autoclave
  • 2 Agilent 6850 Gas Chromatographs
  • 1 5975C Agilent GC-MS
  • 1 Thar Analytical SFC
  • 1 Jasco preparative SFC
  • 2 Agilent 1100 semi-preparative HPLC
  • 1 Agilent 1200 Preparative HPLC
  • 1 Agilent G1946 LCMS
  • 1 Agilent 6140 UHPLC-LCMS
  • 1 Agilent G6220 TOF LCMS

Analytical Instrumentation is operated as a service to researchers with a recharge system to cover the costs of maintenance and operation. For questions regarding the application of the Caltech 3CS to specific research projects or for training, please visit the 3CS website or contact Scott Virgil.

Scott Virgil


  • 301A Schlinger
  • Mail Code 101-20
  • (626) 395-3340

Prof. Gregory Fu

Faculty Advisor

  • 201B Schlinger
  • Mail Code 164-30
  • (626) 395-2481