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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

Research Publications

Publications from the department are listed here as they are posted on Crossref. Some articles may be missing, particularly for earlier years.

Publications, 2023

  • Insight into the Nucleotide Based Modulation of the Grp94 Molecular Chaperone Using Multiscale Dynamics
    Alao, John Paul; Obaseki, Ikponwmosa; Amankwah, Yaa Sarfowah; Nguyen, Quinn; Sugoor, Meghana; Unruh, Erin; Popoola, Hannah Oluwaseun; Tehver, Riina; Kravats, Andrea N.
    The Journal of Physical Chemistry B, in press
  • PET‐RAFT Polymerization of Star Polymers with Folded ortho‐Phenylene Cores
    Bradford, Kate G. E.; Kirinda, Viraj C.; Gordon, Emma A.; Hartley, C. Scott; Konkolewicz, Dominik
    Macromolecular Rapid Communications, in press
  • Perspective on the Effect of Membrane Mimetics on Dynamic Properties of Integral Membrane Proteins
    Sahu, Indra D.; Lorigan, Gary A.
    The Journal of Physical Chemistry B 2023, 127, 3757–3765
  • Thermophobic Trehalose Glycopolymers as Smart C‐Type Lectin Receptor Vaccine Adjuvants
    Hendricksen, Aaron T.; Ezzatpour, Shahrzad; Pulukuri, Anunay J.; Ryan, Austin T.; Flanagan, Tatum J.; Frantz, William; Buchholz, David W.; Ortega, Victoria; Monreal, Isaac A.; Sahler, Julie M.; Nielsen, Amy E.; Aguilar, Hector C.; Mancini, Rock J.
    Advanced Healthcare Materials, in press
  • The role of native cysteine residues in the oligomerization of KCNQ1 channels
    Bates, Alison; Stowe, Rebecca B.; Travis, Elizabeth M.; Cook, Lauryn E.; Dabney-Smith, Carole; Lorigan, Gary A.
    Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications 2023, 659, 34–39
  • Investigating the mangle of teaching oxidation–reduction with the VisChem approach: problematising symbolic traditions that undermine chemistry concept development
    Wu, Meng-Yang M.; Yezierski, Ellen J.
    Chemistry Education Research and Practice, in press
  • Chemically Fueled Reinforcement of Polymer Hydrogels
    Rajawasam, Chamoni W. H.; Tran, Corvo; Weeks, Michael; McCoy, Kathleen S.; Ross-Shannon, Robert; Dodo, Obed J.; Sparks, Jessica L.; Hartley, C. Scott; Konkolewicz, Dominik
    Journal of the American Chemical Society 2023, 145, 5553–5560
  • Dimethyl Carbonate as a Mobile-Phase Modifier for Normal-Phase and Hydrophilic Interaction Liquid Chromatography
    Boes, Philip D.; Elleman, Sophie R.; Danielson, Neil D.
    Separations 2023, 10, 70
  • Conformational Control of ortho-Phenylenes by Terminal Amides
    Devkota, Govinda Prasad; Carson, William P.; Hartley, C. Scott
    The Journal of Organic Chemistry 2023, 88, 1331–1338
  • Oxygen-Enhanced Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization through the Formation of a Copper Superoxido Complex
    Parkatzidis, Kostas; Truong, Nghia P.; Whitfield, Richard; Campi, Chiara E.; Grimm-Lebsanft, Benjamin; Buchenau, Sören; Rübhausen, Michael A.; Harrisson, Simon; Konkolewicz, Dominik; Schindler, Siegfried; Anastasaki, Athina
    Journal of the American Chemical Society 2023, 145, 1906–1915
  • Engineering Chiral Induction in Centrally Functionalized o-Phenylenes
    Peddi, Sumalatha; Livieri, Juliana M.; Vemuri, Gopi Nath; Hartley, C. Scott
    The Journal of Organic Chemistry 2023, 88, 788–795
  • Cognitively Loaded: An Investigation of Educational Chemistry YouTube Videos’ Adherence to Mayer’s Multimedia Principles
    Magnone, KatieMarie Q.; Ebert, Jennifer A.; Creeden, Rachel; Karlock, Grace; Loveday, Morgan; Blake, Evan; Pratt, Justin M.; Schafer, Adam G. L.; Yezierski, Ellen J.
    Journal of Chemical Education 2023, 100, 432–441
  • Photons and photocatalysts as limiting reagents for PET-RAFT photopolymerization
    Parnitzke, Bryan; Nwoko, Tochukwu; Bradford, Kate G.E.; De Alwis Watuthanthrige, Nethmi; Yehl, Kevin; Boyer, Cyrille; Konkolewicz, Dominik
    Chemical Engineering Journal 2023, 456, 141007
  • Polymer modification of SARS-CoV-2 spike protein impacts its ability to bind key receptor
    Sharfin Rahman, Monica; De Alwis Watuthanthrige, Nethmi; Chandrarathne, Bhagya M.; Page, Richard C.; Konkolewicz, Dominik
    European Polymer Journal 2023, 184, 111767
  • SARS‐CoV ‐2 spike protein capture by peptide functionalized networks
    Rahman, Monica S.; Rajawasam, Chamoni W. H.; De Alwis Watuthanthrige, Nethmi; Sparks, Jessica L.; Page, Richard C.; Konkolewicz, Dominik
    Journal of Polymer Science 2023, 61, 391–397
  • Secondary chemistry teacher learning: precursors for and mechanisms of pedagogical conceptual change
    Wu, Meng-Yang M.; Yezierski, Ellen J.
    Chemistry Education Research and Practice 2023, 24, 245–262

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

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