Maples Get a Closer Look, Thanks to a Generous Donor

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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Kelly Hanson Ornell '80, John Ornell '80 and analytical chemistry Ph.D. candidate Elizabeth Brady.

Kelly Hanson Ornell '80, John Ornell '80 and analytical chemistry Ph.D. candidate Elizabeth Brady.

The UNH chemistry department rang in the year with a new liquid chromatography mass spectrometry system. Designed to take a complex liquid and break it down into its components, the instrument will be used for a variety of research projects, including the maple sap analysis described in the Fall 2011 issue of the UNH Magazine. "It's a tremendous advance for our lab," says Sterling Tomellini, professor of chemistry, noting that the instrument is also a wonderful teaching tool, providing students with experience in using an instrument they'll encounter when they get jobs in the field.

"It's a nice example of being able to see a need and to understand, from a business perspective, how we could make a donation that's meaningful," says John Ornell '80, CFO of Waters Corp., a leading supplier of liquid chromatography instruments. Ornell, who helped arrange the donation (valued at about $140,000) together with his wife, Kelly Hanson Ornell '80, also donated a full year of service support for the instrument.

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Photo by Perry Smith, UNH Photographic Services.