Portrait of Mike Crowder, ChairI am delighted to welcome you to the website of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Miami University. The Department is housed in Hughes Laboratories, which has been renovated over the last decade, has modern classrooms, state-of-the-art laboratories, and one of the largest collections of modern instrumentation in the nation. Briefly, there are 7 NMR spectrometers operating from 200-850 MHz, 6 EPR spectrometers (5 cw and 1 pulsed), 2 MALDI-TOF mass spectrometers, an ICP-AES and ICP-MS, and 2 X-ray diffractometers. This instrumentation is used by our postdocs, graduate students, AND undergraduate students.

Our Department has 6 teaching areas: analytical, inorganic, organic, and physical chemistries along with biochemistry and chemistry education research. The Department has identified three major research focus areas: biophysics, materials/nanotechnology, and chemistry education research. Our faculty members are involved in a range of interdisciplinary efforts with faculty in other departments at Miami and at other institutions. While not a small teaching college or a huge state university, Miami is in the "sweet spot" where we offer a personal in the classroom education with opportunities to do cutting-edge research on state-of-the-art instrumentation.

I am excited about the growth in our department and the amazing facilities/instrumentation that we offer to our students. Whether you are a current student, prospective student, alumnus, or just interested in learning more about our department, I invite you to explore this website. In it you will find information about our undergraduate and graduate programs, individual faculty research interests, current courses, and outstanding facilities and instrumentation, as well as a wealth of other information about our department.

Michael Crowder
Professor and Chair