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Facilities & Centers

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Center for Metals in Biocatalysis

The CMB has been formed to foster interactions among the various groups at the University of Minnesota who are interested in metal ions and their roles in biocatalysis.

Center for Sustainable Polymers

The CSP brings together participants from across the University of Minnesota leading research projects focused on polymers derived from renewable resources for a wide range of advanced applications. These basic research efforts will help promote future economic development, energy efficiency, and environmental sustainability in the emergent area of biobased products.

Center for Mass Cytometry

Mass cytometry is a rapidly expanding, powerful technology for the high-throughput analysis of single cells and represents the next generation of flow cytometry. This technique can measure up to 34 molecular targets (proteins) per cell, which makes it possible to identify different cell subtypes, changes in status during maturation, differentiation, cellular senescence, or degradation, as well as different response to drug treatments.

Chemistry Biology Interface Training Grant

CBITG allows first-rate students to grow into accomplished professionals both in their primary area of interest (e.g., synthetic/mechanistic organic and inorganic chemistry, molecular biology, mechanistic enzymology, medicinal chemistry) and in a complementary field by cross-discipline research interactions and experiences.

Chemical Biology Initiative

The CBI is designed to stimulate and encourage interdisciplinary biomedical/biotechnology research, technological development, and education at the cross roads of chemistry, physics, biology, and engineering at the University of Minnesota.

Chemical Theory Center

The CTC consists of faculty members and their research groups in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Minnesota who carry out a broad range of cutting-edge theoretical chemistry and computational chemistry research.

Medical Devices Center

The MDC at the University of Minnesota is an interdisciplinary program that sits within the Institute for Engineering in Medicine and combines basic research, applied and translational research, education and training, and outreach and public engagement all related to medical devices.

Minnesota Supercomputing Institute

The MSI seeks to provide researchers at the University of Minnesota access to high-performance computing resources and user support to facilitate successful and cutting-edge research in all disciplines, help researchers attract funding, contribute to undergraduate and graduate education, and benefit the broader community.

Industrial Partnership for Research in Interfacial and Materials Engineering

IPRIME accommodates various levels of corporate participation, ranging from technical planning to hand-on collaborative research with university faculty and students. This cooperative venture provides an ideal environment for training the next generation of scientists and engineers while strengthening research in both the academic and industrial sectors.

Inorganometallic Catalyst Design Center

The ICDC, a Department of Energy-funded Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC), is devoted to computationally-guided discovery of a new class of energy-science-relevant catalytic materials and the underlying structure-function relationships that will guide further catalyst discovery.

LeClaire-Dow Instrumentation Facility contains:

Supported by generous contributions from Dow Chemical Company, this is a centralized facility for U of MN and outside users. It provides access to state-of-the-art instrumentation for mass spectrometry, NMR spectrometry, and X-ray crystallography.

Mass Spectrometry Lab

The Department of Chemistry Mass Spectrometry Facility maintains and operates the Department's high-performance mass spectrometers.

Materials Characterization Facility

CharFac is a multi-user, shared instrumentation facility for materials research spanning from nanotechnology to biology and medicine. Our analytical capabilities include microscopy via electron beams, force probes and visible light; elemental and chemical imaging including depth profiling; elemental, chemical and mass spectroscopy; atomic and molecular structure analysis via X-ray, ion or electron scattering; nanomechanical and nanotribological probes; and other tools for surface and thin-film metrology.

Materials Research Science and Engineering Center

MRSEC This NSF Center, with additional University and industrial funding, supports research in Engineered Multiblock Polymers, Organic Optoelectronic Interfaces, Magnetic Heterostructures, and Nanoparticle Based Materials. The MRSEC contributes to an extensive array of Shared Experimental Facilities at the University, and operates a wide-reaching suite of K-12 and undergraduate education and outreach programs.

Masonic Cancer Center

The center fosters this mission by creating a collaborative research environment focused on the causes, prevention, detection, and treatment of cancer; applying that knowledge to improve quality of life for patients and survivors; and sharing its discoveries with other scientists, students, professionals, and the community.

Nanoporous Materials Genome Center

The NMGC discovers and studies a novel class of materials, namely, metal-organic frameworks (MOFs). Towards that end, the NMGC develops state-of-the-art molecular- and material-simulations tools and employs them to characterize and predict the performance of millions of as-yet-unsynthesized materials.

Nanofabrication Facility

The NFC is an interdisciplinary facility within the College of Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota for faculty and industrial research.Our mission is to support education, research, and industrial collaboration in microelectronics; and other related research involving nanofabrication.


The NMR (nuclear magnetic resonance) lab is a facility of the chemistry department; its principal job is to provide access to NMR equipment and techniques for departmental research.

Polymer Synthesis Facility

The PSF was established to prepare model homopolymers and copolymers with an array of molecular architectures using a wide variety of synthetic methodologies on large scale (kilogram) and provide them to academic and industrial institutions through contract sales arrangements.

SciDAC Partnership:
Charge Transfer and Charge Transport in Photoactivated Systems

The mission and goal of the SciDAC partnership is to implement a suite of methods in the NWChem software suite in order to perform electronically excited-state dynamics in solution and to provide improved capabilities for excited-state dynamics in the gas phase.

UltraFast Dynamics Alliance

The UFDA is a synergistic assembly of research groups in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering and Materials Science who are carrying out time-resolved measurements on the time scale of femtoseconds to picoseconds.

X-Ray Lab

The Department of Chemistry's X-ray facility operates two Bruker-AXS SMART platform diffractometers with sealed-tube 3-KW X-ray generators.