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 the following:

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

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

Software Licenses Available through umApps:

  • Adobe Photoshop
  • CambridgeSoft's ChemBioOffice Ultra 
  • Matlab
  • Wolfram Mathematica

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