Departmental administration, faculty offices, the Chemistry stockroom, and various shops are located in Gilbert Hall. This 50,000 square-foot building is also the center for departmental research in materials, inorganic, computational, and physical chemistry. Gilbert Hall has several small conference rooms and a seminar room which seats 80 people.

Additional laboratory and office space for the chemistry department is located in the Linus Pauling Science Center. The nuclear and radiation chemistry division is housed in the Radiation Center at the western end of campus. Agricultural-related chemistry research offices and laboratories are in the Agriculture & Life Sciences Building.

Connected by an aerial walkway to Gilbert Hall is the 44,000-square-foot Gilbert Addition (GbAd). This building houses organic chemistry teaching laboratories and facilities for students in the advanced, integrated laboratory courses. Issue rooms are located on each floor. Gilbert Addition also includes modular instrument rooms, and a large electronics and computer-interfacing laboratory.

The department maintains well-equipped mechanical instrumentation and electronics shops. These shops are staffed by developmental engineers who are available to help design and fabricate new and specialized apparatus as well as to repair existing equipment. A separate machine shop is provided for graduate students who wish to do their own work under the tutelage of the lead mechanical specialist.

A full-time research technician, responsible for the NMR and mass spectrometers, instructs students in using these instruments, helps obtain spectra for occasional users, and maintains the facilities. The Bruker AM400 and DRX 600 instruments were substantially upgraded during the 1999/2000 academic year, making "pulse gradient" experiments possible. The impact of collecting 2-dimensional NMR data will be significant. The updated computers permit the separation of data collection from data processing, and the enhanced software will provide new tools for displaying and analyzing spectra. More information on the NMR facility is available on the chemistry department website.

Major Research Equipment

The Chemistry Department utilizes a number of major instruments for pursuing research in many areas of chemistry. This equipment includes:

  • Bruker AM 400, AC 300, and DRX 600 MHz superconducting NMR spectrometers and X32 NMR workstation
  • Siemens P4 diffractometer with an area detector and a Rigaku AFC6R diffractometer with rotating anode for single-crystal X-ray crystallography
  • Siemens D5000 powder diffractometer, Philips powder diffractometer, and an Enraf-Nonius Guinier camera
  • Inel MPG diffractometer for variable temperature studies and an Inel MPD diffractometer for thin-film studies
  • Electron diffraction system
  • Three Nd:YAG pumped dye lasers and an amplified, high-resolution ring dye laser
  • Auger electron, X-ray photoelectron, and low-energy electron diffraction spectrometers, and a scanning tunneling microscope for surface characterization
  • Laser Raman and FTIR spectrometers
  • Integrated laboratory including AA, UV/Vis, DSC, fluorimeter, and electro-analytical instruments
  • 1 MW Triga reactor (Radiation Center)
  • Kratos MS-50, Finnigan 4023, and Sciex API-III electrospray mass spectrometers
  • VG PlasmaQuad II Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometer (ICP-MS) with laser sampler (joint with Oceanography)

Pauling Resources

The OSU Chemistry Department benefits from some unique campus resources and events associated with Linus Pauling, the only person ever to receive two unshared Nobel Prizes. Pauling graduated from OSU in 1922.

First is the Ava Helen and Linus Pauling Collection donated to OSU in 1986 and now housed in the Valley Library. Included in this vast set of over 600,000 items are

  • all of Pauling’s research notes, notebooks, and papers;
  • Pauling’s two Nobel Prize medals, 1954 chemistry and 1963 peace;
  • Pauling’s extensive correspondence, including letters from Albert Einstein, Albert Schweitzer, Bertrand Russell, and many others;
  • notes and drafts for Pauling’s many books, which include The Nature of the Chemical Bond, Vitamin C and the Common Cold, and How to Live Longer and Feel Better;
  • Pauling’s petition for nuclear disarmament, which was presented to the United Nations in 1963 signed by 11,000 scientists from around the world, and which led to the first nuclear treaty of the Cold War.

Also located at OSU is the Linus Pauling Institute, which is housed in the Linus Pauling Science Center. Pauling founded the Institute in 1973 and its board of trustees decided to move it to OSU after Pauling’s death in 1994. The Institute is entirely supported by private donors, who now number over 30,000. Through its endowment and donations, the Institute conducts and sponsors research on the role of vitamins and other micronutrients in human health.

The OSU Chemistry Department honors Pauling every year by inviting an eminent chemist with broad interests to spend a week at OSU as the Linus Pauling Lecturer. The honoree interacts with faculty and students and delivers a set of lectures designed (in the spirit of Pauling) to be accessible to a broad audience. 

Valley Library

The Valley Library features state-of-the-art electronic access to information, a collection of over 1.5 million volumes, and a maps and government documents depository. The building highlights include the climate-controlled Special Collections suite, a diverse collection of Northwest art, comfortable reading rooms and a coffee shop.

In the Information Commons of the Library, the Electronic Reference Center offers access to online catalogs, research databases, E-mail, and the Internet. Multimedia software and laptop computers are available to check out. Of special interest to new students is the Graduate Student Multimedia Technology Resource Center. This program provides equipment and support for graduate students to produce multimedia materials and presentations.

In addition, the Chemistry Department maintains a small collection within Gilbert Hall that includes a number of major chemistry journals. The department also provides access to some electronic subscriptions and CD-format serials.