Chemistry & Biochemistry Department


Research Instrumentation

Alumni and friends have provided funds to the department to purchase major research equipment. Our students gain hands-on experience on a variety of major pieces of scientific instrumentation, including a state-of-the-art LCMS. Our graduates are well-trained in a variety of instrumental analysis techniques. We are deeply grateful to those who have understood the significance of advanced instrumentation in science instruction and research and who have helped to provide the instrument holdings the department enjoys. If you have an interest in helping the department acquire additional modern instruments then please contact us.

Recently, the University received a $50,000 grant to add a mass spectrometer to our new Shimadzu Liquid Chromatograph equipped with an autosampler and fraction collector. A number of research projects involve the use of this state-of-the-art LCMS. This instrument, in addition to others, complement the wide range of advanced instruments available for student education and research. These include a gas chromatograph/mass spectrometer, three additional gas chromatographs, a FT nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer, two IR spectrometers, an atomic absorption spectrometer, and many other instruments.

Research with Dr. Dennis Matlock

Research with Dr. Dennis Matlock involves several projects aimed at elucidating the mechanism of action of DNA helicase enzymes. Dr. Matlock's research has been funded by The Arkansas Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network ($17,090), The Arkansas IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (Arkansas INBRE) ($17,838).  Dr Matlock's latest work was published in the journal Biochemistry.  [Dennis L. Matlock, Laxmi Yeruva, Alicia K. Byrd, Samuel G. Mackintosh, Clint Langston, Carrie Brown, Craig E. Cameron, Christopher J. Fischer and Kevin D. Raney Biochemistry 2010, 49 (10), pp 2097–2109]



Research with Dr. Kevin Stewart

Students in Dr. Stewart's group have recently synthesized light emitting napthyl-substituted anthracenes. This ongoing synthetic effort involves extensive use of aryl coupling reactions.  Interested students can talk with Dr. Stewart for more details.



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