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Research in Chemistry and Biochemistry

State-of-the-Art Research Facilities

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is committed to providing undergraduates a broad education in chemistry, the central science. Students are exposed to specialized computer laboratories with contemporary software applications for teaching. The undergraduate laboratories provide students with experience in working with state-of-the-art research instrumentation. Lectures incorporate innovative teaching strategies with modern equipment. In addition, the faculty insist on small class sizes and close interactions between student and professor. Undergraduates are part of the science community where they can attend seminars, tutor peers, and participate in department functions.

The Department is housed in the award-winning Richard King Mellon Hall designed by renowned architect Miles van der Rohe. In addition to the facilities contained in individual faculty research laboratories, departmental facilities include a Bruker 300 MHz multinuclear NMR spectrometer, Varian 300MHz and 500 MHz NMR spectrometers, two ICP/MS instruments, a Varian GC/MS instrument, a Waters/Micromass LC/MS instrument, SGI Itanium-2 supercomputers, as well as numerous other spectrophotometric and chromatographic instruments.

Collaborative arrangements with other basic and applied science departments has lead to the joint operation of such facilities as the Sony Microscopy Laboratory featuring state-of-the-art transmission and scanning electron microscopes and associated computer imaging facilities, the x-ray crystallography facility, featuring a Rigaku AFC7R diffractometer, two powder diffractometers and associated computing equipment. Students have access to the departmental computer facilities, fully networked IBM PC-based systems, and computer-supported library facilities.

Will I Get A Chance to Do Research?

Absolutely! We strongly encourage students to engage in laboratory research as part of their science education to develop technical skills and a mastery of subject matter. Working under the direct supervision of a faculty mentor, students engage in cutting-edge research projects with applications in fields such as medicine, energy, and the environment. Research experience allows students to explore contemporary chemical problems in more depth than is possible through traditional course work or required laboratories.

This hands-on experience is invaluable for students, aiding them in the selection of a career or graduate school. Our undergraduates regularly appear as co-authors on scientific publications and often present their work at scientific meetings, making them integrated members of the departmental community. Undergraduate research can be taken for credit or a stipend during the academic year and the summer.

Undergraduate Research Program

The Duquesne University Undergraduate Research Program is funded by the Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences, the Mylan School of Pharmacy, the National Science Foundation and the departments and faculty of the University.

The goal of the Undergraduate Research Program is to provide students with essential research experience for a career in the sciences or science related fields. This program provides students the opportunity to experience science through the successes and failures of scientific research. Students are encouraged to start research as early as their freshman year, allowing students to gain as much experience as possible. The NSF has reported that students who participate in research, enjoy the sciences and finish their degree in their field, while others tend to give up or feel that science is not for them. Duquesne University would like its students to start enjoying their science careers as early as possible.

Academic Year Program

Students interested in working in a research laboratory during the school year may do so for credit or on a volunteer basis. Some funding may be available through individual faculty grants. Students can also review faculty interests (organized by department) on the web and then make an appointment to talk to individuals regarding research possibilities.

Research Facilities and Centers

Duquesne University has three cutting-edge research centers:

» Center for Metals in Biological Systems (cMBS)

» Center for Computational Sciences

» Center for Microwave and Analytical Chemistry