Located in Hutchison Hall on the University of Rochester's River Campus, the Chemistry Department's modern instrumentation facility provides a stimulating work environment and is equipped with a wide variety of sophisticated research instrumentation for spectroscopy, analysis, and computation. All of the departmental instruments are used by students and faculty in a "hands-on" way, and most are available 24 hours a day. The opportunities for student use of major state-of-the-art instrumentation represents one of the special strengths of Rochester Chemistry. The Department acquires the most up-to-date equipment through a series of instrumentation grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and other donors.
Many of the Department's instruments are highly specialized and in some cases unique, designed and built on site or substantially modified from commercially available instruments to meet the specific needs of the Department's researchers. Staff members are available to train new users, help with troubleshooting, and offer advice on special problems, but the actual measurements are carried out by the individual researchers and the students they mentor. Students learn the theory and practice of a broad range of instrumental techniques in the course of carrying out their research.
Several groups in the Department collaborate with scientists and students at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics, an interdisciplinary facility on the University of Rochester campus which conducts cutting-edge research in ultrafast optics and electronics as well as laser fusion.
The Department maintains laser systems for absorption, fluorescence, and Raman spectroscopies, nonlinear four-wave mixing, electro-optic sampling, time-resolved electron diffraction, photoelectron spectroscopy, temperature-jump studies, photoacoustic calorimetry, and the initiation of photochemistry: