Faculty & Research

Research Facilities

Individual research laboratories typically have a substantial collection of supplies and equipment, including spectroscopic and structural analysis tools. Increasingly, however, modern research in Chemistry requires access to expensive state-of-the-art equipment, making it necessary to purchase such items on a shared basis and to provide staff for operation and maintenance. Facilities to pursue research in emerging areas of Chemistry are present in the Chemistry Building and are accessible to all graduate students:

Located in the Chemistry building, the Max T. Rogers NMR Facility provides twelve high-field Varian/Agilent NMR spectrometers with proton resonance frequencies ranging from 300 – 600 MHz. This includes four 300 MHz instruments for routine studies, three 400 MHz NMR spectrometers for solid-state experiments, two 500 MHz spectrometers for routine and advanced experiments, two fully automated 500 MHz spectrometers equipped each with 96 sample robotic autosamplers, and a 600 MHz instrument for biomolecular and advanced small molecule work.

In addition to the equipment housed in the chemistry building, the Max T. Rogers NMR Facility also operates the only ultrahigh field 900 MHz NMR (21.14 Tesla) system in Michigan, located in a nearby building. This Bruker Avance system is equipped with a TCI triple-resonance inverse detection CryoProbe, which provides unparalleled sensitivity for 1 H as well as 13C detection. The instrument is also equipped to run solid-state NMR experiments using a variety of different probes.

Since mass spectrometry is an indispensable tool in many research areas, Department researchers have easy access to twelve mass spectrometers at the MSU Mass Spectrometry and Metabolomics Core (http://rtsf.msu.edu/ massspec.html), located in the adjacent Biochemistry Building.  The Core offers a variety of GC/MS, LC/MS/MS, and MALDI mass spectrometers with an assortment of inlets and ionization methods, and functions as an open access laboratory. Students are encouraged to become trained instrument users; training includes discussions of theory and operation of Core instruments; following training, users enjoy 24/7 access using a Google Calendar reservation system. Recent Chemistry researchers have used these instruments for low- and high-resolution (accurate mass) analyses of synthetic compounds, quantitative analyses, and compound localization using mass spectrometry imaging. Facility staff are available to provide expert consultation regarding method development and data interpretation, and perform sample analyses upon request. Mass spectrometers can also be found in many individual research laboratories.

The Chemistry Department X-ray Facility has two state of the art CCD area-detector diffractometers with low temperature sample capabilities. In addition, we have a new powder diffraction instrument that is used to collect routine PXRDs. Graduate students may request hands-on training in the use of these instruments, which allows for them to gain valuable experience and expertise in x-ray technology.

In addition to these major instrument facilities in the Department, conveniently-located instrument rooms house liquid and gas chromatographic equipment, UV-VIS, FTIR, FT-MS, and fluorescence and Raman spectrometers. Elemental analysis via x-ray fluorescence, AA, and ICP are also available in the Chemistry Building. The Chemistry Department operates exceptionally well-equipped shops for the design and fabrication of unique and custom instrumentation and apparatus, and the repair of existing equipment required for research and teaching. The Machine Shop and the Glassblowing Facility are staffed by experienced professionals who are a vital component of the research performed at MSU. If you need something but can’t buy it anywhere, it can likely be constructed with facilities in our Department.

Computational Facilities

Our well-equipped computational facilities are continuously being upgraded. All students at MSU are granted free access to the Internet, including free dial-up service for local off-campus connectivity, a free e-mail address, and file space and assistance in constructing personal pages on the World Wide Web. Accommodation for 100 Mb/s twisted-pair wired Internet connectivity for laptops is provided across campus, including the libraries, many of the lecture halls, and throughout the Chemistry building. Wireless connectivity (a/g/n) is also freely available throughout the campus, including the entire Chemistry building.

The University provides access to supercomputers in the MSU High Performance Computer Center, and has 50 microcomputer and PC workstation laboratories around Campus, including a PC laboratory here in the Chemistry Building.

In addition to well over 500 PC, Macintosh and unix-based workstations in the individual faculty research laboratories, the Chemistry Department’s Computational Chemistry Facility operates a Linux cluster with 24 processors in 12 compute nodes (48 cores) and 4 GB of memory per node. We also have a 2.2 GHz, 32-core compute server with 256 GB of RAM and 3 TB of disk space in an 8-stripe RAID array of 10k-rpm SAS drives. These systems complement the 12 Linux workstations used in our Computational Chemistry classroom, and there are support staff to aid in computation and visualization of theoretical calculations and simulations. Graduate courses in computational chemistry and visualization are regularly offered by the Chemistry Department. These computing facilities are routinely utilized by Chemistry Graduate Students, including those carrying out research that is primarily experimental in nature.

A 10 Gb/s fiber-optic network connects nearly all the buildings on campus; the Chemistry Building is internally networked by a twisted-pair wired LAN operating at 100 Mb/s which connects to the rest of campus through the 10 Gb/s fiber-optic backbone. The building also has WiFi a/g/n connectivity throughout the entire building. MSU’s campus is connected to the Internet though two dedicated 10 Gb/s links.