Chemistry Department Facilities
The Chemistry Department is well equipped with the state-of-the-art instrumentation facilities needed to support high quality research programs:
Electronics- modern and historic test and measurement instrumentation to 1GHz, common and specialized electronic component and wire/cable stock, RF & HV connector tooling, 8/16/32-bit embedded processor development systems for custom controllers, CAD/CAM software for schematic capture and PCB development.
Laser Spectroscopy- ten laser systems, including several high-power tunable solid-state laser systems for non-linear spectroscopy applications (e.g. ultra-fast time regime, coherent Raman- and multiphoton ionization spectroscopy).
Mass Spectrometry- eleven instruments that can study molecules as light as gases or as massive as proteins and polymers. A very unusual feature is that many of the mass spectrometers are student-operated and are available on a 24/7 basis.
Molecular Modeling- a full suite of software running on SGI and Sun Ultra graphics workstations.
NMR- five high-resolution instruments including a 600 MHz spectrometer, two 500 MHz spectrometers (one of which is equipped with a highly sensitive cryoprobe).
Bio-Molecular Spectroscopy- 800 MHz NMR spectrometer for biomolecular studies, Biacore 3000 SPR molecular interaction analyzer, X-band EPR spectrometer.
X-Ray Crystallography - three diffractometers, one of which has a CCD-based system.
Synthesis Facility- state-of-the-art Argonaut Nautilus synthesizers.
Research in the Department is supported by five Ph.D. level staff scientists and three technicians associated with these instrumental facilities, by fully staffed glass and machine shops, and by a chemical stockroom that never closes. The Department's research laboratories occupy 120,000 square feet in Rowland Hall and Frederick Reines Hall. In addition, 27,000 square feet of laboratory space for the Chemical Biology component of the Department is housed in Natural Science I, which opened in Spring of 2002. Natural Sciences II, scheduled to open in Fall 2005, will provide 146,000 square feet of additional space to foster a growing trend of collaboration between the Department of Chemistry and the School of Biological Sciences.