Chemistry Facilities

The J.M. Smith Building

The Department of Chemistry is housed in the J. M. Smith Chemistry Building, a five-story structure with an area of approximately 125,000 sq. ft., centrally located at our Memphis campus.

The Smith Chemistry Building recently completed a $5M major hood, ductwork, and laboratory renovation. Thanks to the generosity of NSF funding, we were also able to acquire thefollowing:

  • Instrument/Facilities Management Documents(Click to view PDF)

    Other on-campus facilities are available in these research centers and labs:

  • Other on-campus facilities

    Experimental Laboratory Resources available to the Department of Chemistry

    • ThermoElectron LCQ Advantage liquid chromatograph mass spectrometer
    • Varian Inova-500 MHz NMR spectrometer
    • JEOL 270 MHz NMR spectrometer
    • Aviv 410 spectrometer with circular dichroism, absorbance, and fluorescence detection with titration, stopped flow, and temperature control accessories
    • atomic spectroscopy laboratory with Varian flame AA and Varian graphite furnace AA instruments
    • Powder X-ray Diffractometer (housed in Physics)
    • Atomic Force Microscope
    • Varian ESR spectrometer (housed in Physics)
    • single quadrupole LC-MS (micromass)
    • GC mass spectrometer
    • multiple HPLC systems
    • ion chromatograph
    • two high-end gas chromatographs
    • FTIR microscopy facility
    • two FTIRs
    • Raman spectrometer
    • diode array UV-visible spectrometer
    • fluorescence spectrometer
    • Differential Scanning Calorimeter
    • Thermogravimetric Analyzer
    • Vacuum Atmospheres Solvent Purification System
    • Agilent Technologies 8453 UV spectrophotometer
    • SLM Aminco 8100 spectrofluorimeter modernized by OLIS
    • Waters 600E HPLC system
    • Langmuir-Blodgett trough
    • Rayonet cabinet for photochemical reactions
    • Loctite photocuring system
    • two extruders, three sonicators, and one dyalizer for liposome preparation
    • Ocean Optics UV-VIS spectrophotometer with reflectance adapter
    • Surface Plasmon Resonance instrument
    • A video editing and graphics lab (contact Dr. Burkey for availability)
    • An in-house large format printer (42", 36", and 24" posters)

    Electrochemical instrumentation:

    • EG&G Princeton Applied Research Model 283 Computer controlled Potentiostat/Galvanostat equipped with a Model 1025 Frequency Response Detector
    • EG&G Princeton Applied Research Model 273A Potentiostat/Galvanostat
    • Solatron/Schlumberger 1250 Frequency Response analyzer/1286 Electrochemical Interface
    • ECO Chemie PG Stat 12 multi-channel potentiostat
    • CH Instruments Scanning Electrochemical Microscope
    • electrochemical quartz crystal microbalance: International Crystal Manufacturing home made 10 MHz Quartz crystal microbalances using a Hewlett Packard 53131 Universal Counter

    A complete cell culture laboratory equipped with:

    • Synergy2 plate reader (BioTek) capable of absorbance, fluorescence, and luminescence detection
    • low pressure FPLC system for affinity chromatography
    • electrophoresis equipment
    • PCR thermocycler
    • flash chromatography system
    • laminar flow hood
    • multiple centrifuges
    • rotovaps
    • CO2 incubator
    • shaker-incubator for bacterial cell culture
    • shaker-incubator for insect cell culture

    A separate optics laboratory equipped with:

    • home built PAC (with a dye laser and three nitrogen lasers)
    • a UV-VIS spectrometer
    • high pressure (2000 atm) actinometer
    • high pressure (2000 atm) flow cell
    • two 150-watt xenon arc lamps
    • a Rayonet UV reactor

    Computational Resources

    Specifications of the University-Maintained High Performance Computing (HPC) Center

    • 4976 processor cores:
    • 1072 AMD-Opteron cores in 131 SMP nodes
    • 122 dual-proc, quad-core nodes have with 32 GB of memory
    • 82 of the compute nodes use a ramdisk for local scratch
    • 40 of the compute nodes have 750 GB SATA2 disks for local scratch
    • Three fat nodes equipped with quad proc, quad-core AMD-Opteron processors, two with 64 GB of memory and one with 128 GB of memory; these fat nodes have a RAID0 array of 3 147 GB 15K-RPM SAS drives
    • 3840 GPU cores in 4 960-core NVIDIA® Tesla™ S1070 nodes connected to 8 SMP GPU-host nodes with 64 Intel Xeon cores; each GPU-host node has 16 GB of memory and 2X160 GB SATA disks
    • The cluster is redundantly managed by two head nodes and has four login nodes. Each node is connected with Infiniband and redundant Gigabit Ethernet networking. The SCYLD clustering and management software is running CentOS 4.7 operating system. The global storage system is provided by a Pansasa, and there is also 100 TB of raw storage and a Tandberg tape backup StorageLibrary T40+.

    Shared Software Licenses on the HPC or within the Department of Chemistry

    Other Available Resources

    • A dedicated fourteen workstation computer lab with visualization and computational software with unfettered access available to graduate students
    • A dedicated twenty-four workstation computer lab with visualization and computational software with unfettered access available to both graduate and undergraduate students
    • Each graduate student has a PC workstation in their office