Facilities & Equipment

Chemistry Students

Modern Facilities

Chemistry research is heavily reliant on modern facilities, instrumentation, and technical support personnel. The Chemistry Department at Nevada is endowed with a full complement of support services, shops, and laboratories. These facilities are managed by our Director of Chemistry Laboratories.

The Chemistry Building is a modern, four-story structure located in the central campus, adjoining the Leifson Physics Building and near the engineering research complex. Custom research instruments are fabricated in our professionally staffed machine shop and a student shop is also available. Specialty glassware and high vacuum systems can be fabricated in the glass shop. Custom circuit design, construction, and instrument maintenance can be provided in the electronics shop.

Sophisticated Tools

Research in synthetic chemistry is heavily dependent on the most sophisticated tools for structure elucidation. Our Shared Instrumentation laboratory houses a number of general use instruments.  The Magnetic Resonance Laboratory houses four nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometers and an electron paramagnetic resonance spectrometer for departmental use. Each of these instruments is connected by Ethernet to remote data stations for off-line data processing and analysis. Our Director of Instruments maintains these instruments and provides expert assistance with more sophisticated experiments.

The X-ray structure determination laboratory is equipped with a Bruker-Nonius SMART Apex CCD-based single crystal diffractometer with low temperature capabilities.  This instrument is interfaced to multiple workstations for data analysis and structure visualization. Mass spectrometry can be performed using a number of departmental mass spectrometers, depending on the sample state and matrix. Additionally, the high-resolution mass spectrometry center on campus can be used, depending on one's sample needs.

The department also maintains a number of optical and infrared spectrometers, and a scanning tunneling microscope that is primarily used for instructional purposes. Electronic absorption, infra-red, and fluorescence spectroscopies are facilitated by several other departmental teaching spectrometers.

Computational Facilities

Computational facilities are a critically important part of chemical research. The chemistry department maintains several high performance Beowulf computer clusters. The departmental general use cluster is configured with 44 2.2-GHz AMD Opteron (64-bit) processors, 88 GB of RAM, TB RAID disk storage, and gigabit networking. Computational research groups also have their own clusters. PBS and a sophisticated scheduler handle job allocations. Available applications include Amber, Gaussian 09, Ghemical, ORCA, NWChem, Molden, Moplot, NBO, MOPAC, and GAMESS. These departmental machines, together with those in individual research groups, are connected by the departmental Ethernet to the high-speed campus fiber optic computing backbone and the Internet. The department's computer systems are coordinated by the College of Science Computing and Networking Administrator.

Much of our most impressive and specialized instrumentation is found within the laboratories of individual research groups. Computational equipment available includes UNIX and LINUX workstations and a host of desktop microcomputers. The physical chemistry groups utilize lasers for non-linear, high-resolution, or fast spectroscopy, and for studies of molecular dynamics. Laser equipment includes pulsed high-power Nd:YAG lasers, tunable infrared and visible semiconductor lasers, high-power excimer lasers, Ar ion lasers, a copper vapor laser, and several tunable CW and pulsed dye lasers. Other state-of-the-art equipment includes high vacuum molecular beam and ion beam chambers, an ultra-high vacuum chamber for studies of surface chemistry, a variety of specialized optics and instruments for nonlinear spectroscopy and polarized laser experiments, ion and photon detectors, fast digital oscilloscopes and detection electronics, and time-of-flight, quadrupole, and magnetic mass spectrometers and an octopole ion trap. Most synthetic chemistry groups have their own Fourier transform IR spectrometers and other specialized research instruments.

The University of Nevada Library System

The University of Nevada Library currently subscribes to over 90,000 serials and electronic journals. The Library also provides 24-hour access via SciFinder to the full Chemical Abstracts and Registry files online, along with access to over 290 other databases. Bound journal volumes and an exhaustive collection of reference books and books (over 1,200,000) are also housed there. Computer access to on-line retrieval services for books and journals not contained in this collection is readily available, with assistance provided from our librarians. The online catalog provides instant information on holdings in the entire University of Nevada Library System and other libraries connected to the Internet.