Facilities


CMDR occupies two spacious laboratories on the 5th floor of the Goodyear Polymer Center at the University of Akron.


Equipment located in the CMDR laboratories includes:

  • A 1000 watt microwave reactor.

    For dynamite reviews on microwave synthesis, see:

    B. L. Hayes "Recent Advances in Microwave-Assisted Synthesis" Aldrichimica Acta 2004, 37(2), 66-77.

    F. Weisbrock, R. Hoogenboom, U. S. Schubert "Microwave-Assisted Polymer Synthesis: State-of-the-Art and Future Perspectives" Macromolec. Rapid Commun. 2004, 25, 1739-1764.


  • A soon to be purchased 500 MHz NMR.


  • A BAS Epsilon Electrochemistry apparatus with standard cyclic voltammetry and rotating disk electrode capabilities.


  • An Agilent Technologies 1100 series HPLC with diode array and refractive index detection.


  • Bruker and Matson FTIR spectrometers with Attenuated Total Reflectance (ATR) accessories.


  • An Ocean Optics fiber optics-based, UV-vis spectrometer.


  • Both a small scale and large scale (2 gal capacity) Parr hydrogenation apparatus (up to 2000 psi) as well as a low pressure shaker-type apparatus.


  • Two 10 Liter and one 20 Liter fully automated reactor systems with liquid-liquid extraction capabilities.


  • A Silicon Graphics Octane with dual R12000 processors and Cerius2 molecular modeling software from Accelrys, Inc.



  • Members of CMDR have access to several NMR and Mass spectrometers within The Department of Chemistry, including:

  • The Magnetic Resonance Laboratory (3 of their NMRs are located adjacent to the first floor lobby of the Goodyear Polymer Center)


  • The Mass Spectroscopy Laboratory


  • And The Institute for Polymer Science, as well as The Department of Polymer Science that also provides a wide variety of other instrumentation and support services that includes:

  • An electron microscopy laboratory


  • A molecular characterization laboratory


  • An electronics shop


  • A machine shop


  • A glassblowing shop



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