Educating our students and conducting scientific research requires specialized spaces and equipment, all of which are found within the Science Laboratory Building (SLB). This 113,000 sq ft facility supports teaching and learning – by both students and Faculty – within the Department of Chemistry. Students gain direct, hands-on experience with advanced scientific equipment, helping them to build skills that will support scientific careers in medicine, research, and industry. In short, SLB enables faculty to continue to expand their nationally recognized research programs.
The focal point of the teaching and research activities of the Chemistry Department is the high-tech Science Laboratory Building. This $36 million facility, dedicated in the fall of 1997, contains teaching and research labs, a multimedia classroom and much more
Julian Hall houses the newly-renovated departmental office, the Chemistry Resource Room, a computer laboratory with 25 computers, two smart classrooms (one with student computer workstations), and faculty offices.
As a part of the construction of the Science Laboratory Building, the State of Illinois provided $3 million to purchase equipment. Through this support, a gift from the Beckman Foundation, and NSF instrumentation awards, the Department has assembled one of America's finest and most extensive collection of chemical instrumentation at an undergraduate institution.
Highlighting the equipment are: a 500-MHz NMR, a 400-MHz NMR, an electrospray ion trap mass spectrometer, an X-ray diffractometer, and an ICP spectrometer. The newest NMR spectrometer was obtained in 2009 through a $550,000 grant from the NSF.
The support staff and facilities in the department play an integral role in our mission. Support personnel include storeroom staff, a business manager, clerical staff, and computer and instrument technicians that are shared with the Department of Biological Sciences. A full-time machine shop technician is also available to the Chemistry Department.