Chemistry Department


Chemistry at Louisville continues to build on its strong traditions. The members of our faculty are accomplished teacher-scholars who maintain exciting research programs in the myriad arenas that comprise the modern chemical sciences. This site will introduce you to our faculty and staff, our facilities, the courses we offer, as well as interdepartmental resources centered in this department, IMD3 and CREAM.

Our undergraduate curriculum has been revised to reflect more "real-world" approaches to the science of chemistry.  Dr. Bill Richmond maintains the instrumentation in our teaching labs. Our graduate program offers research opportunities in organic and inorganic synthesis, in theoretical and computational chemistry, in analytical chemistry including the development of micro- and nanoscale sensors, chemical catalysis, natural products research drug discovery and delivery, metabolomics, informatics, chemical biology and chemical physics.

The department occupies the three-story Chemistry Building, which houses faculty offices and laboratories as well as the undergraduate teaching laboratories.  Recent growth in the department has led us to locate several research laboratories in the new Belknap Research Building.  We have extensive research interactions with the Brown Cancer Center, particularly in structural biology and metabolomics.

Our major research facilities are extensive. Dr. Mark Mashuta manages the x-ray crystallography facility which includes two small-molecule diffractometers  and a Macromolecular system. Dr. Neal Stolowich manages our Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR)  instrumentation. These include one new NMR spectrometer (9.4 Tesla, 400 MHz), and two  spectrometers operating at 11.7 T (500 MHz).  One of these 500 MHz spectrometers will soon be replaced with a 16.4 T, 700 MHz system.  In addition, we have a shared facility with the Brown Cancer Center that houses an 18.8 T, 800 MHz spectrometer.  Dr. Bogdan Bogdanov manages the CREAM Mass Spectrometry facility, which include a Fourier Transform-Ion Cyclotron Resonance-Mass Spectrometer (FT-ICR-MS) and an Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometer (ICP-MS). The department also operates a Matrix-Assisted Laser Desorption Ionization-Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometer (MALDI-TOF).

An annual highlight is the Chemistry Graduate Student Association Distinguished Lecture Series. An outstanding chemist (many times a Nobel Laureate) is invited to the department; several events are organized for the Distinguished Lecture Series, known informally as the Derby Lectures. These lectures have acquired some cachet in the Chemistry community and contribute to departmental esprit de corps.