The chemistry department moved into a new $18M building in the fall of 2000. This building houses all the department’s classrooms, teaching labs, research labs and faculty offices. The new Science Hall substantially increased student space for study and research, and greatly improved teaching spaces, including teaching and research laboratories.
In addition to the chemistry department, Science Hall houses about half of the biology department, two physics laboratories, and space for large instruments that are shared by all the science departments. The new building is attached, through an atrium, to Youngchild Hall. Youngchild was renovated during the 2000-2001 academic year, and was re-occupied by the biology, physics, and geology departments in the fall of 2001.
The Chemistry department is well-equipped, with a wide selection of major scientific instruments. Among these are instruments for:
- NMR (400MHz)
- FTIR, Chromatography (GC-MS, GC-ECD, HPLC)
- visible and UV spectroscopy of various sorts
- electrochemistry, etc.
Biochemical tools include:
- real-time PCR
- flow cytometry
- high-quality imaging, and the like
Two electron microscopes (one an old transmission instrument, the other an SEM) and an X-ray diffraction instrument are among the instruments shared with other science departments. In addition, computational tools are available for computational chemistry and molecular modeling.