The department is housed in the Howard L. Hunter Chemistry Laboratory, which includes more than 50,000 square feet of laboratory space for research and teaching. One of the finest research facilities in the Southeast, this building accommodates about 100 graduate students, postdoctoral scientists and visiting scientists. It includes a satellite chemistry library that houses the field’s most important journals and supplements extensive holdings in the University’s main library. Several chemistry research groups also occupy space in other on- and off-campus buildings.
The department maintains a broad range of multiple-user research instruments. Major research instrumentation holdings include three Fourier-transform NMR spectrometers; X-ray powder, single-crystal and thin-film diffractometers; an electron spin resonance (ESR) spectrometer; gas chromatography/mass spectrometer systems; a thermal analysis system and other state-of-the-art equipment maintained by individual faculty members in support of their research programs or through the department’s research partners.
Clemson University provides a diverse and extensive computing infrastructure supported locally within the chemistry department as well as by the Office of Computer and Network Services and the Division of Computing and Information Technology. Various laboratories in the department have high-speed SGI, Sun and Linux workstations as well as a 28.-processor cluster for parallel computations. PC and Macintosh computers are available in all departmental research labs and in many computer labs around the campus. The College of Engineering and Science has recently installed a 512-processor distributed Beowulf cluster that makes Clemson one of the top supercomputing sites in the Southeast. Clemson also participates in the high-speed Internet 2 and partners with the Center for Advanced Engineering Fibers and Films, which has a state-of-the-art reality laboratory and recently received a $1.3 million grant from the Keck Foundation to create a virtual visualization and design lab.
The Laser Laboratory is managed by Ya-Ping Sun and his research group. The laboratory is equipped with a CW Mode locked Nd: Yag Laser a 20-Hz Q-Switched ND: Yag Laser, and two synchronous pumped Dye Lasers. The laser configuration is capable of conducting pump probe experiments in the nanosecond time-scale region up to the subpicosecond time-scale region.
The Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Resource Center affords easy access to modern high-resolution NMR instruments for students, postdoctoral scientists and faculty members. The primary instrumentation includes three multinuclear high-field spectrometers that are used for routine measurements as well as for advanced one- and two-dimensional NMR experiements in molecular structure determination, molecular dynamics and chemical kinetics and thermodynamics.
Clemson's Electronic Imaging and Analytical Services (EIAS) group is one of the Southeast's premier analytical imaging and surface analysis facilities. Area researchers both on- and off-campus can take advantage of a broad range of capabilities, including scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy and high vacuum surface analysis. The EIAS facility is widely used in a number of areas but particularly in nanomaterial and nanotechnology research, which depend critically on tools that can characterize materials with submicrometer to subnanometer spatial resolution.
The Molecular Structure Center, under the direction of Don Vanderveer, provides the chemistry department with methods of X-ray diffraction analysis, the most reliable and unambiguous means for determining the structure of ordered materials.The center maintains four separate diffractometer systems for performing both powder and single-crystal diffraction experiments. These include two Rigaku diffractometers. One is a sealed tube system equipped with a CCD area detector; the other has a detector that uses a powerful 18-kw rotating anode source. The center also has a conventional four-circle diffractometer with a sealed tubesource. A Scintag 2000 system with a germanium detector and a seven-position automatic sample changer is used for powder diffraction. Data processing and analysis are run on numerous PCs running Microsoft Windows and Red Hat Linux. The center has access to many electronic databases, including Cambridge Structural Database, Inorganic Crystal Data File and Powder Diffraction File.
The chemistry department comprises about 25 research faculty and 100 graduate students, including approximately 40 women and 50 international students.