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Department of Chemistry
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With state-of-the-art facilities, Penn State Chemistry offers an exciting, supportive environment to pursue research and innovation. Keep reading to learn more. 

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Chemistry Facilities

This group provides an array of repair and renovation services. Among the items that are accepted for repair: stir plates, shakers, balances, water chillers and miscellaneous test equipment.

The Maintenance Shop also handles laboratory and office renovations. They can do painting, carpentry and some electrical work. They install laboratory equipment and will remove old items that need to go to surplus.

The Maintenance Shop is also the first place to call for all building maintenance and janitorial related issues such as heating or air conditioning problems, no lights, power or other electrical problems, leaks, etc.

To reach the Maintenance Shop during normal business hours (Monday - Friday) call 867-2857.

Emergencies occurring after regular business hours should be reported directly to the OPP service desk at 865-4731

Supervisor

Larry Johns
Email: ljj5@psu.edu
Location: 127 Chemistry Building
Phone: 814-867-2857
Contact Larry for Building and Lab Renovations

Staff

Tim Hillard

22 Pond Laboratory
Email: tdh14@psu.edu
(814) 865-7952

Jack Wilkinson

132 Chemistry Building
Email: jsw9@psu.edu
(814) 867-2857

Admin. Assistant: Shari Miller
Email: slt7@psu.edu
Location: 101 Chemistry Building
Phone: 814-865-2149
Contact Shari for General Building Issues and Repairs

With over 400 scientific products in stock and readily available for purchase, the VWR Stockroom provides service and support for all undergraduate science courses, and graduate & faculty research, university wide. In addition to supplying a comprehensive list of chemicals, glassware, & other supplies, the VWR Stockroom handles parcel and gas cylinder deliveries within the Chemistry Building.

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The mission of the Research Instrumentation Facility is to provide support for both research and educational programs. We provide cost-effective and high quality services for design and fabrication of custom instrumentation and the maintenance and repair of equipment which is used throughout the  Penn State community.

Examples of custom design projects:

High voltage high speed switching
High frequency low noise amplifiers
Simple Spectrophotometer
Karl Fischer Titrator
Cyclic Voltammeter
Conductivity Meter
Optical communications

Examples of equipment repair:

UV/VIS spectrophotometers
FTIR spectrometers
NMR spectrometers
PCR machines
Bench top and floor model centrifuges (Sorvall, Eppendorf, etc.)
CO2 incubators, ovens, furnaces and environmental chambers
Shakers, water baths, stirrers and hot plates
Test equipment oscilloscopes, low and high voltage power supplies
Computer peripherals printers, monitors

****Job Requests now go through the iLab System (click here).

Staff

Bob Crable

121 Chemistry Building
Email: rmc@chem.psu.edu
(814) 865-0254

Jim Miller

121 Chemistry Building
Email: jlm@chem.psu.edu
(814) 865-2041

The glass shop is a full service facility capable of fabricating scientific glassware, both simple and complex. Design assistance is available if needed. Russ is experienced in working with both borosilicate (pyrex) and quartz glasses. Repairs and modifications can be made to existing glassware, often at a fraction of the cost of new. Additional services include cutting, grinding and polishing of tubing and plate. An extensive inventory of tubing, stopcocks, valves and ground glass joints is maintained in the shop as well as a small supply of plate glass. Also, a number of commonly used items are fabricated and sold through the Chemistry Stockroom.

****Job Requests now go through the iLab System (click here).

Staff

Russ Rogers

22 Pond Laboratory
Email: rwr3@psu.edu
(814) 865-7051

The Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Facility at Penn State is located at the basement of the Chemistry Building. The primary mission of the Facility is to make NMR spectroscopy and Micro-Imaging available to students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty of the University and of the surrounding Central Pennsylvania community for the advancement of their research.

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University Facilities

msc

We are passionate about education and collaborative problem solving. An interdisciplinary team of scientists and engineers, the Materials Characterization Laboratory (MCL) is a fully-staffed, open access, analytical research facility at Penn State's Materials Research Institute charged with enabling research and educating the next generation of highly qualified researchers.

Our laboratories in the Millennium Science Complex are integrated with the Nanofabrication Laboratory and Materials Computation Center to maximize impact and efficiency. Additionally, MCL is a partner in the Materials Research Facilities Network (MRFN). Supported by the National Science Foundation, this network enhances our ability to support commercial, government, and academic researchers around the globe.

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Metabolomics

Our primary goal is to identify and quantify the small (<1kDa) molecules present in plant and animal biofluids and tissue extracts, as identifying perturbations in the amounts of particular metabolites can offer insights into the underlying biological processes involved in their production.

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nanofab

A hallmark of our facility is the “three laboratories-one integrated solution” concept. We provide open access to MRI facilities for fabrication at the nano- and micro-scale, in conjunction with materials and device characterization utilizing the most advanced techniques available, and a suite of computational modeling capabilities backed by faculty experts. With our three-lab solution, our staff scientists and engineers will enable users to transition fundamental research in nanomaterials to innovation-driven multicomponent integrated devices and system demonstration.

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proteomics

The Proteomics and Mass Spectrometry Core Facility offers highly sensitive and accurate mass spectrometry analysis, including identification and quantitation of proteins by liquid chromatography electrospray ionization tandem mass spectrometry (LC-ESI-MS-MS) or by matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF-TOF-MS).

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Crystallography

The X-Ray Crystallography Facility provides the necessary infrastructure and support for individual investigators to undertake single crystal X-ray structural studies. 

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2d consortium

The 2DCC combines a vibrant in-house research effort focused on transformative advances in the synthesis and characterization of 2D chalcogenide layered materials with a robust external user program that provides access to expertise and state-of-the-art facilities. 

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