College of Arts & Sciences Chemistry


The USD Chemistry Department has a strong research program involving undergraduate, M.S., and Ph.D. students working closely with faculty members.

Descriptions of individual research projects of chemistry faculty members can be found on our Faculty Directory.

Grant-Funded Research Areas

Research facilities are located in the Churchill-Haines and Pardee Laboratories on campus. Recent instrumentation acquisitions, representing over three million dollars in equipment, are accessible to all students engaged in research projects with faculty members.

  • 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 Dryer
  • 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)

A full complement of online chemistry journals is available through the library, including electronic access to databases such as Chemical Abstracts (SciFinder Scholar) and the Cambridge Structural Database.