Department of Chemistry Receives $1.2M for Lab Renovations
research labs in the University of Cincinnatis Rieveschl Hall will receive makeovers thanks to a $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF).
The fundingpart of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA)will support the renovation of existing lab space to create:
a modern inorganic synthesis and characterization facility,
a laser spectroscopy facility and
a consolidated computation cluster for theoretical chemists.
, professor of chemistry, who coauthored the grant proposal with Greg Robinson, university architect, says that the renovations will allow faculty and graduate students to conduct research that they cant currently do in the existing space.
These renovations will modernize chemistry research spaces, says Limbach. The upgrades will be long-lasting and will provide us with an infrastructure that matches the talents of our faculty and graduate students.
Renovations will affect about a quarter of the chemistry departments 105 graduate students and will directly impact several of the 25 faculty members.
Two of the many projects that will benefit from the renovations include computational modeling of the forces that affect cells and the proteins within its cytoskeleton, led by Ruxandra Dima, assistant professor, and the development of organic magnetic materials, led by Anna Gudmundsdottir, professor.
The renovation project will be funded until August 2013. The NSF proposal was a collaborative effort between chemistry faculty and the universitys planning, design and construction office, with support the from UCs Office of Research.
This renovation grant is the third the university has seen since ARRA funding was made available. Other renovation projects include research labs in the Kettering Buildinghome to the environmental health department on UCs medical campusas well as research space in the Medical Sciences Building, also on the medical campus.
Additional renovations within Rieveschl Halls 400- , 500-, 600- and 700-level labs have been underway for more than a year. Already complete as part of this project is the
. Biology labs will next be renovated. Renovations consist of ventilation-system upgrades as well as updates to mechanical, electrical, plumbing and lighting systems and lab utilities.
Limbach, an Ohio Eminent Scholar, recently completed a five-year term as head of the chemistry department and will leave in October for a sabbatical at Brown University.