Department of Chemistry
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Carolina Chemistry is in an exciting period of rejuvenation as we now occupy recently finished Venable and Murray Halls. Both these buildings connect to Caudill Laboratories as well as Kenan and Morehead Laboratories, and create a magnificent hub for science on the UNC campus. We are very proud and delighted of our world-class, state-of-the-art facilities.

Another thrilling development is the recognition by the American Chemical Society that our department is ranked among the nation's top ten graduate programs. After decades of outstanding research, teaching, and service, it is wonderful for us to be included in that elite group. We intend to stay there!

We believe that we are just at the beginning of a renaissance in the coming decades. The addition of expanded space, new faculty members, added research equipment, as well as our top-ten ranking, will likely lead to an explosion of stellar science. Indeed, our last expansion space, Kenan Laboratories in 1972, was followed by a similar quantum leap in productivity and recognition.

Electronics Facility

The Electronics Facility provides design and repair services on the UNC campus. Capabilities include analog, digital, and RF design as well as signal processing and software development. In addition, the facility provides circuit simulation, mathematical modeling, and mechanical design in support of prototype production and construction of circuits and instrumentation.


We provide both formal and informal training in electronics and signal processing topics, as well as assist with writing grant proposals and scientific papers. The facility is comprised of two engineers and two technicians with expertise in a wide variety of analytical instrumentation.


Glass Shop

The Glass Shop is a full service shop primarily engaged in the design and fabrication of specialized scientific glassware as well as repairs and modifications of existing glassware. We have on hand virtually all sizes of borosilicate (Pyrex and Kimax) glass tubing ranging in size from 2 mm up to 178 mm in diameter.

Chemistry Glass Shop

All sizes of commonly used ground glass joints and a large selection of both glass and Teflon stopcocks are maintained in a large inventory. A smaller selection of quartz tubing and ground joints are also maintained in stock. Special items can be ordered if necessary.


Mass Spectrometry Facility

The Mass Spectrometry Facility at Carolina Chemistry is involved in the characterization and quantification of various types of materials, for example small organic and inorganic molecules, proteins and peptides, oligonucleotides, lipids, metabolites, synthetic polymers, nanoparticles, and trace level elemental analysis. Users from the Department of Chemistry and other departments on UNC-Chapel Hill campus can have full access to the laboratory once trained. Researchers from other universities, institutes, and commercial laboratories can submit samples for full service analysis.


Currently the lab houses an IonSpec FTMS with both NanoESI and MALDI, a Bruker BioToF with standard ESI, a Micromass Triple Quadrupole with nESI source, and a Varian ICPMS. The chip based NanoMate can be used on both the Triple Quadrupole Mass Spectrometer and the FTMS.


NMR Facilty

Support for Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy is provided by the Department of Chemistry's NMR Facility for a variety of applications in solution state, solid state and semi-solid samples. Although many NMR active nuclei can be observed, we have extensive capabilities, including highly sensitive cryoprobes, for the detection of 1H, 213151931 NMR Facilty

Our six spectrometers include two 400 MHz Bruker spectrometers for standard 1D and 2D NMR, a 360 MHz Bruker spectrometer for solids and other unique samples, a Bruker 500 MHz system for advanced applications in multinuclear and reaction kinetics at extreme temperature (+/- 120 C), a Varian/Agilent 600MHz spectrometer mostly used for 1H detection and a Bruker 600 MHz spectrometer equipped with a 60 position sample changer and two cryoprobes.