Advanced Spectrometer Will Benefit Research at UofM and LeMoyne-Owen

July 7, 2015 - The National Science Foundation has awarded a University of Memphis team, led by chemistry professor Dr. Ted Burkey, a $339,585 Major Research Instrumentation grant to acquire a spectrometer with solid state capabilities.

The 400 MHz NMR Spectrometer will give the UofM a state-of-the-art instrument for use in graduate and undergraduate chemistry classes, benefitting some 600 students annually. The new spectrometer will also support the research needs of faculty involved in biomaterials, photoresponsive materials and biologically active compounds research.

"This NSF Major Research Instrumentation grant will allow us to better support University of Memphis faculty research in our high-priority bioscience areas, give our students new opportunities and experiences that will benefit their future education and careers, and build partnerships with other scientists and educators throughout the region," said Dr. Andy Meyers, interim vice president for research and executive director of the University of Memphis Research Foundation.

The instrument will also support an educational partnership with Dr. Yahia Hamada at LeMoyne-Owen College. Hamada will have in-class remote experiments for his analytical and biochemistry classes with remote operation monitored by an Internet camera so that students can monitor their sample loading.

Contact: Gabrielle Maxey