The research facilities in the department are among the best in the area with an excellent selection of well-maintained, state-of-the-art equipment. These facilities, along with an atmosphere that encourages collaboration, allow students and faculty to pursue competitive work at the frontiers of their fields. Participation by undergraduates is strongly encouraged.
The facilities are located in three buildings — two of which are occupied exclusively by department faculty. The third, the Science Building, is shared with Biological Sciences and contains the undergraduate teaching laboratories.
The Chemistry Building (CHEM) was renovated in 2004 and reoccupied in 2007. The building contains 8100 square feet of modern wet laboratory space with modular furnishings and 5800 square feet of instrument space. It also contains faculty offices, library, administrative offices, conference rooms and classrooms. The building is plumbed to utilize the boil-off from a 6000 gallon liquid nitrogen Dewar which provides liquid nitrogen for the some of the instrumentation.
The Chemistry and Biochemistry Research Building (CHBC) is dedicated completely to research with no office or classroom space. It was completed in 1996 and provides an additional 14,000 square feet of wet laboratory space and 6800 square feet of instrumentation space.
In 2000, the Center for Protein Structure and Function was established through a $9.6 million grant from the NIH NCRR. The grant was renewed in 2005 and the center continues to thrive. The Statewide Mass Spectrometry Facility, a state-of-the-art mass spectrometry resource, was established in 1999 by a combination of National Science Foundation and state funding. Through the associated grants, these centers and the department have acquired a significant number of cutting-edge instruments.
The following is a partial list of the more significant holdings.
- 700 MHz Bruker spectrometer with cryoprobe, triple axis gradients, four channels (H-1,N-15, C-13, H-2), and 0.1 degree sample temperature control
- 500 MHz Bruker spectrometer with cryoprobe, triple axis gradients, four channels (H-1,N-15,C-13,H-2) and 0.1 degree sample temperature control
- 500 MHz Bruker spectrometer with triple axis gradients, four channels (H-1,N-15,C-13,H-2), 5 m protein probe, 5 mm broadband probe and 10 mm broad probe
- 400 MHz Bruker spectrometer with Z gradient and broadband probe
- 300 MHz Bruker spectrometer with Z gradient and broadband probe
- 300 MHz Bruker narrow bore probe spectrometer for solid state H-2 and P-31 (with H-1 decoupling)
- 300 MHz Bruker wide bore probe spectrometer for solid state H-2
- EMX Bruker
Mass Spectrometers (Statewide Mass Spectrometry Facility)
- Varian 320 Triple Quadrupole EI/CI GC/MS.
- Bruker Reflex III MALDI TOF/TOF MS
- Bruker Ultraflex II o-TOFQ micro-ESI LC/MS Bruker Apex Ultra 9.4 T MALDI/ESI FT/MS
- Schmadzu Benchtop GC/MS
- Bruker Reflex III MALDI TOF MS
- Bruker Esquire ESI/LC ITMS
- Ion Spec 9.4T ESI/MALDI FTMS
- Rigaku, Saturn-92 CCD and Micro MAS-007 Rotating Anode Generator
- Rigaku diffractometer with area detector for proteins
- Bruker Smart X2S diffractometer for small molecules
Star of Arkansas state-of-the-art supercomputer with over 1200 computing cores
In addition to the facilities in the department, other instruments are available on campus for use by faculty and students. These include a number of electron microscopes, atomic force microscopes, confocal microscope and integrated circuit fabrication facilities. The university maintains a fulltime glassblower and machine shop.
The Arkansas Center for Space and Planetary Sciences features a unique simulation chamber for investigation of space and life in planetary environments.
For specific research areas see faculty listing