Innovation and Discovery Starts Here

Our department occupies nearly 30,000 square feet of space, primarily on the third floor of the award-winning Richard King Mellon Hall, designed by renowned architect Mies van der Rohe in 1965. Over the past 12 years, approximately 85% of our 18,490 square feet of research space has been renovated, funded most recently by a $1.76 million grant from the NSF. Over the same period, more than 70% of our teaching laboratories have been renovated, most recently using $1.1 million in university funds to renovate our freshman chemistry labs. A variety of modern chemical instrumentation is housed in our space and is readily available for use by all properly trained graduate and undergraduate students. In addition, our instrumentation and computers are available on a limited basis to students from our partners at primarily undergraduate institutions in the region. 

Research Centers

Research strengths in the department include several centers that provide collaborative opportunities between scientists from across the Duquesne campus with scholars from other universities and scientists in a variety of different industries:

  • Agilent Center of Excellence in Mass Spectrometry
  • Center for Computational Sciences

Research and Teaching Support

We are grateful to the numerous Federal agencies, corporations, private foundations, scientific societies, and individuals who have invested in our research and teaching efforts in recent years. They include:

  • National Science Foundation
  • National Institutes of Health
  • Department of Energy
  • Department of Defense
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • H.J. Heinz Endowment
  • R.K. Mellon Foundation
  • Bayer Foundation
  • Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh
  • Society of Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh
  • Pittsburgh Local Section of the American Chemical Society