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The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is located in a modern research and teaching facility, Hughes Laboratories. In addition to classrooms, laboratories, and stockrooms, the building also houses, Information Technologies, Printing Services, the Miami University Instrumentation Laboratory, and the Office of Environmental Health and Safety.  The building is adjacent to the new Business, Engineering and Science Library. This central location is a major convenience to the students and faculty of the department.

I recent years, major renovations to the undergraduate laboratories and the large lecture hall have finished.  These new spaces feature state-of-the-art technologies including electronic drawing boards, computer projectors and individual chemical hoods.

Chemistry new lab space

Centers and Laboratories

The following centers and laboratories work within the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and throughout the Miami University community.

Center for Chemistry Education

Institute for Development and Commercialization of Advance Sensor Technology (IDCAST)

Ohio Micromachining Analytical Chemistry Consortium


Magnetic Resonance Spectrometers

One of the unique aspects of our department is our large array of state-of-the-art instrumentation. In particular, our department houses a collection of magnetic resonance instrumentation not found at most universities. Among these instruments are an 850 MHz solution NMR spectrometer, which was the first installed in the US and a Q-band pulse EPR, of which there are only a few in the nation. These uniques instruments form the basis of the High Field Magnetic Resonance and Ohio Advanced EPR laboratories.

NMR Instrumentation in use

NMR Instrumentation
  • 850 MHz Solution NMR
  • 600 MHz NMR with Cold Probe
  • 600 MHz Solution NMR
  • 500 MHz Wide-Bore Solid State NMR
  • 500 MHz Solution NMR
  • 300 MHz Solution NMR
  • 200 MHz Solution NMR

EPR Instrumentation in use

EPR Research
  • Pulse and CW X- and Q-Band EPR
  • X- and Q-Band Room Temperature CW EPR
  • X- and Q-Band Low Temperature CW EPR

Mass Spectrometers

The department Mass Spectrometry Facility is designed to support research for the university and is capable of conducting mass analysis on organic compounds, peptides, proteins, DNA segments, protein digestions, and synthetic polymers. Our AutoFlexIII MALDI-TOF MS, installed in 2009, allows researchers to rapidly analyze multiple samples using the 384 well samples tray. All levels of users are encouraged to get trained and gain hands on experience on this instrument. In addition to the MALDI-TOF MS, there is an LC-MS instrument that can be used for separation and mass analysis of small molecules and complex mixtures.

Mass Spectrometers in use

Mass Specrometer
Mass Specrometer
  • LC-MS
  • GC-MS
  • ICP-MS

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

160 Hughes Laboratories
651 E. High St.
Oxford, OH 45056