Research Facilities

XPS instrument in the Surface Analysis lab.
The whole chamber of the D8 Powder Diffractometer in the ASL lab.
An instrument in the Chemistry Machine Shop in the basement of Evans.








The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry teaching and research missions are supported by several core facilities – the Research Support Services (RSS). These facilities are available to all departmental researchers including graduate students, post-docs, research associates, and undergraduates. Services available include surface analysis by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy, nuclear magnetic resonance, mass spectrometry, Raman spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, analytical ultra-centricucation, circular dichroism, femtosecond laser spectroscopy, high-precision machining, electronic diagnostics and design, scientific glassblowing, and various other techniques.

The RSS facilities are managed and maintained by a talented group of scientists and engineers with specialized experience which has been passed down through the lifespan of most techniques. These facilities provide centralized care of, and training on, a variety of instruments for use by the graduate research program. Department researchers may request training in order to access resources which are not available in their own labs due to cost or infrequent usage. The RSS scientists and engineers are intimately involved in the research and teaching efforts through consultation, collaboration and training. Routine accomplishments include publishing articles in peer-reviewed journals, offering courses in their discipline, and designing new techniques.

Please note that there are also other facilities elsewhere at Ohio State available to the researchers including additional NMR & Mass Spectometry facilities (Campus Chemical Instrumentation Center), elemental analysis at the Trace Element Research Laboratory (Department of Geology), microscopy at the ENCOMM NanoSystems Laboratory (Institute of Material Science) to name a few. Ohio State prides itself in retaining excellent support and resources for a wide variety of instrumentation and service needs.

For more information or any questions about accessing the RSS resources - please contact:

Dr. Tanya Whitmer, Director of Research Support Services for questions about analysis and instrumentation or 

Dr. Gerry Raimann, Director of Administration for questions about the production shops.