The Department of Chemistry emphasizes the importance of research at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and offers summer employment opportunities for students.

All faculty members are actively engaged in research, providing opportunities for students to learn and grow outside of the traditional classroom. Descriptions of individual research projects of faculty members can be found in our faculty directory.

Grant-Funded Research Areas

Equipment and Facilities

Extensive state-of-the-art research equipment is accessible to all students engaged in research projects with faculty and staff. The campus shares a high performance computing cluster for computational work and, through the University Libraries, students have access to numerous online databases and most full-text journals in chemistry.

  • Atomic Absorption Spectrometer
  • Atomic Force Microscope
  • Clean Room Facility
  • Elemental Analyzer (CHNS analysis)
  • Electrochemical Instruments
  • Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometer
  • Gas Chromatograph-Mass Spectrometers
  • Glove Boxes
  • Langmuir-Blodgett Trough
  • Lasers - Nitrogen/dye YAG lasers, Nd: YAG/Optical
  • Parametric Oscillator (OPO)
  • Liquid Chromatographs (LC) and LC-Mass Spectrometers
  • NMR instrument (1H and 13C) – 200 MHz and 400 MHz
  • Physisorption and Chemisorption Instruments
  • Scanning Confocal Raman microscope and spectroscope
  • Scanning Electron Microscope with EDX
  • Solvent Drye
  • Spectrofluorimeters
  • Spin Coaters
  • Transmission Electron Microscope
  • UV-VIS Spectrophotometers and Integrating Sphere UV-Vis spectrophotometer
  • UV-Vis-NIR Hyperspectral Microscope
  • X-ray diffractometer (both Single Crystal and Powder)