The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Kent State University maintains outstanding research and instrumentation facilities to support the research mission of its faculty and students.
Individual faculty laboratories are well equipped with chromatographic, spectroscopic, light-scattering, thermal analysis, gravimetric and mass-spectrometric equipment. Single-crystal and powder X-ray diffractometers are also housed in research laboratories in the department. Faculty members have custom-constructed unique Laser-Tweezers instruments and Fourier-transform microwave spectrometers, and a Surface Plasmon Resonance instrument has been installed. Kent State researchers have access to a wide array of synthetic techniques including photochemical, Schlenk-line and other air-sensitive methodologies. You can learn more about faculty research interests by browsing through our faculty directory.
Our students and faculty frequently collaborate with researchers in the Advanced Materials and Liquid Crystal Institute and other related departments. These collaborations may provide access to the Transmission Electron Microscope facility in the Advanced Materials and Liquid Crystal Institute and the Imaging Facility in Biological Sciences.
The Proteomics Core Facility assists researchers with isolation/purification, fractionation and DNA sequencing. Research Engineer Taylor Kurrle maintains the Department’s Glassblowing and Electronic shops in the basement of Williams Hall. The Physics/Chemistry machine shop in nearby Smith Hall provides expert machining services for our students and faculty.
Industrial researchers should contact Dr. Mahinda Gangoda, director of the department’s Analytical Instrumentation Facility, regarding pilot or short-term industrial research projects that may utilize the department’s research facilities.