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Phone: 773-702-9999;

Web: http://safety.uchicago.edu/pp/labsafety/index.shtml


Laboratory safety is of primary importance and requires an active committment from all members of the research community. Environmental Health and Safety provides policies and procedures to assist in maintaining a safe research environment through proper management of hazardous materials, safety equipment such as eye wash and showers, online management of chemical inventories, and a number of other resources. More information as well as a complete listing of policies and procedures is available through the Environmental Health and Safety website.




Chemistry Librarian: Andrea Twiss-Brooks; Office: John Crerar Library 132; Phone: 773-702-8777;

Web: http://www.lib.uchicago.edu/e/crerar/using/staff/atb_bio.html

The University of Chicago Library System houses extensive collections relevant to all chemical, physical, and biological disciplines. The John Crerar Library (adjacent to Cummings Life Science Center and the new Interdivisional Research Building) is the primary resource for researchers and encompasses the majority of science and medical holdings. Available collections include books, serials, microforms, CD-ROMs and other materials in all areas of science and technology. There is a particularly strong chemistry collection, as well as biology, medicine, polymer and materials sciences, geophysical sciences, physics, astronomy and the history and philosophy of science and technology materials. Eckhart Library houses the mathematics, computer science and statistics collections. Serial collections are extraordinarily exhaustive. Nearly all journal subscriptions are now available online for perusal and downloading as PDF reprints. Off-campus access is also available through a proxy service.



Faculty, students, staff and visitors may conduct literature searches by utilizing an extensive collection of online indexing and abstracting databases and engines. These resources include Scifinder Scholar (Chemical Abstracts), Beilstein/Gmelin (organic, inorganic and organometallic compound information), The ISI Web of Knowledge (Science Citation Index), Current Contents, Medline and PubMed. Graduate students, research associates and faculty have 24-hour access to the John Crerar Libraries (open 365 days per year), with amenable facilities for reading, conferences, and tutorials. These areas are available for both course and research related activities. A state-of-the-art computing facility (including a cybercafe, linux, mac, and windows machines, and a Digital Media Wall) was added in Spring 2000. Library services that are available to users include online interlibrary loan and electronic document delivery, reference and search assistance, online recall of materials, and checking your account and renewal of lending periods via the online library web catalog.


The Department of Chemistry maintains an additional dedicated set of materials located in Jones 209 (one of the main chemistry buildings) for convenience. Several computer terminals with access to the web and online research information, a select run of journals and monographs, a photocopier, and a study area with tables and lounge furniture are all located in this area. Chemistry users have all-hours access.




Searle / Jones Staff Contact: Zbigniew (Z.G.) Gasyna; Office:GHJ 104B; Phone 773-702-7051

JFI Contacts: Ian Marlier

Web: http://control.uchicago.edu/computing/


Jones 108 Computational Laboratory


  • Twelve Linux workstations, locally networked with 100 Mbs Ethernet, HP LaserJet printer.


  • A 16-node dual processor Linux computing cluster.


  • The lab is designed to teach undergraduate and graduate courses involving computational methods and is open to both undergraduate and graduate students.


  • The software available in the laboratory includes:


Numerical analysis packages - Mathematica and MatLab

Molecular modeling programs - Sybyl from Tripos, Inc., and Macromodel from Schrodinger, Inc.

Quantum chemistry programs - Gaussian 98/03, Gamess, and Jaguar from Schroedinger, Inc.


Plutonium Cluster:


  • The Plutonium Cluster is an 18 node plus master node 64 bit Linux system from PSSC Labs. The system is based on Intel Xeon E5420 2.5 GHz Quad Core processors and encompasses 152 processor cores, 292 GB memory and 10.5 TB disk space in total.
  • Several free and commercial programs are installed including: Torque OpenPBS, MPI, Gaussian 03 (Rev. E.01), Gaussian 09 (Rev. A.02) and ADF (Ver. 2009.01).
  • The cluster use is free of charge for faculty, current students and postdoctoral fellows of the Department of Chemistry. It is hosted in NSIT server room located in the Hinds building.


USITE Computing clusters

Extensive general computing resources are also available as part of the NSIT campus USITE computing clusters.




Manager: Dr. Wook Jun Nam

Web: http://searle-cleanroom.uchicago.edu


The Searle Cleanroom is a multi-user facility that houses a variety of deposition, lithography and device characterization tools in Class 100/1000 space. In adjacent space are facilities for handling chemical and biological samples.




Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Facility

Facility Manager: Antoni Jurkiewicz; Office: Searle 340; Phone: 773-834-7420

Web: http://chem-nmr.uchicago.edu/

 For detailed information refer to the Chem-NMR web site above.


X-Ray Crystallography

X-ray Laboratory location: Searle Lab 013

Facility Manager: Alexander Filatov; Searle Lab 402; Phone: 773-834-5861

Web: https://xray.uchicago.edu/



Bruker D8 VENTURE single crystal dual-source diffractometer:


  • PHOTON 100 detector with CMOS technology and large 100-cm2 active area
  • High brilliance IμS microfocus X-ray sources: Air-cooled Mo and Cu radiation
  • The 3-circle fixed-chi goniometer
  • APEX2 – software suit for chemical crystallography




KRATOS AXIS NOVA X-ray Photoelectron Spectrometer:


  • High power Al monochromator
  • 180° hemispherical analyzer
  • Scanned and snapshot spectroscopy modes
  • 2D imaging mode
  • Sputtering using Ar+ ion beam
  • Add-ons: UPS (Ultraviolet Photoemission Spectroscopy) and ISS (Ion Scattering Spectroscopy)

Bruker D8 Powder X-ray diffractometer

X-ray diffraction is one of the most powerful techniques for structural analysis of crystalline solids. Analysis of wide angle diffraction patterns provides information about internal atomic structure of nanoparticles and nanowires whereas the small-angle X-ray scattering is useful for investigation of nanoparticle assemblies, superlattices and thin films. All of these experiments can be carried out using the Bruker D8 Powder X-ray diffractometer equipped with sensitive area detector.


Mass Spectroscopy

Facility Director: Dr. C. Jin Qin, email: changqin@uchicago.edu; Office: SCL 340C; Phone: 773-834-8905

Chromatography and Mass Spectrometers


  • Agilent 6540 Q-Tof MS-MS with nanoLC-Chip for metabolite ID, discovery proteomics, metabolomics and etc. in GCIS E240


  • Agilent 6460 Triple Quad MS-MS with 1290 UHPLC for MRM Quantitation in GCIS E240


  • Bruker Ultraflextreme MALDI-Tof-Tof for Non-volatile Organics, Polymers, Peptides and Proteins in GCIS E240


  • Varian Saturn 2000 GCMS/MS for Volatile and Semi-volatile Samples in Searle 340


  • Agilent 6224 Tof-MS for Accurate Mass Analyses in Searle 340


  • Agilent 6130 LCMS for Molecular Weight Confirmation in GCIS 449


  • Varian Saturn 2200 GCMS/MS for Volatile and Semi-volatile Samples in GCIS E449


  • Agilent 7890B GC with FID and TCD Detectors for Gas Samples in GCIS E411


IR Instrumentation:


  • Thermo Nicolet 6700 Mid-FTIR in SCL 340


  • Thermo NEXUS 670 Near-, Far-, and Mid-FTIR with ATR Accessory (for Powder Samples) in GCIS E449


Publication Acknowledgments:


  • Please acknowledge the NSF instrumentation grant CHE-1048528 in publications that include results or spectra obtained at the Mass Spectrometry Facility


Inductively Coupled Plasma - Optical Emission Spectrometry and Mass Spectrometry

Agilent 700 Series ICP-OES for Metal Elemental Analyses in GCIS E247C: Managed by Professor Dmitri Talapin, e-mail: dvtalapin@uchicago.edu; phone: (773) 834-2607.

Agilent 7700x ICP-MS for Metal Elemental Analyses in GCIS E547C: Managed by Professor Wenbin Lin, e-mail: wenbinlin@uchicago.edu; Phone: (773) 834-7163.



Location: GCIS ESB 047; Phone: 773-702-7220

The electronics lab repairs, designs and builds equipment. They possess both analog and digital instrumentation for signals ranging from DC to 1 GHz. The lab has designed and built such instrumentation as custom interlocks, power and timing stabilization devices for lasers, delay generators, high speed current amplifiers and frequency modulators.  They also have the capability to custom design printed circuit boards in-house. Whether you are seeking design information, aid in finding a company that manufactures your desired part, or just have general questions regarding electronics, the staff is both accessible and extremely helpful.





Central Shop

Location: Accelerator Basement; Phone: 773-702-7247

The Central Shop provides machining services ranging from small repairs to major projects.  They have built many of the     vacuum chambers in use in the chemistry department, as well as a wide variety of other projects. The "tool crib" in the       central shop is a source of nuts and bolts, sheet metal and other items.


RI Student Shop

Technical Staff: Luigi Mazzenga; Location: GCIS ESB01; Phone: 773-702-7576

Web: http://jfi.uchicago.edu/

 The student shop is a fully equipped machine shop available 24 hours a day to those who have completed a training course. The main equipment in the shop includes Bridgeport mills, Hardinge lathes, and a CAD workstation. In addition to teaching the training course/certifications, Luigi Mazzenga is available for consultation and advice. His extensive knowledge of machining makes projects progress quickly and successfully.





Manager: Chris Leather; Location: Crerar Library Basement; Phone: 773-702-7350

Web: http://graphicarts.uchicago.edu/

The Graphic Arts Department provides many services to the department, the most common of which is copying materials for courses.They have also created many brochures and pamphlets, as well as providing soft binding for theses.




Department Contact: 847-228-2851

The Chemistry Department currently has two part-time glass blowers. The first is Brian Schwandt, who visits the department on Thursdays. He can do both on-site repairs on vacuum lines, etc. and off-site repairs on smaller items. The second service involves a representative from Reliance Glass. This representative arrives on Friday to pick up items in need of repair. These items are repaired at the company's full glass shop located in the suburbs of Chicago.




These facilities are shared by the members of the MRSEC and include computational facilities, a Gaertner ellipsometer, a Molecular Imaging AFM/STM, a scanning electron microscope (SEM), an FTIR, a Raman spectrometer, an ESR spectrometer, and many more. See the MRSEC facilities page for more information




Fisher Stockroom-Searle

Representative:  Sarah Young

Location: SCL 104; Phone: 773-702-0672

Hours: 8:00 - 12:00 & 1:00 - 4:30 M-F



Fisher Stockroom-GCIS

Representative:  Jessica Kruphski

Location: GCIS w143; Phone: 773-702-3328

Hours: 8:00 - 12:00 & 1:00 - 4:30 M-F


Undergraduate Laboratory Stockroom

Lab Manager: Harper Hall; Location: Kent 006; Phone: 773-702-9828