Research

Research

The Chemistry & Biochemistry Department is located in LMU's New Life Sciences Building. The Department has an extensive selection of modern instrumentation that is utilized in both undergraduate teaching labs as well as undergraduate research projects. Chemistry or Biochemistry majors benefit from small class and laboratory size, day to day personal contact with faculty and staff, and hands-on operation of chemical instrumentation.

  • Faculty Research Interests

    Faculty Research Interests

    Faculty Name Research Interests
    Nicole Bouvier-Brown  
    S.W. Tina Choe development of new synthetic methods in organic chemistry, pedagogical research to improve science education
    Rebecca Crawford dietary iron overload; neuroactive natural products
    Lambert Doezema measurement of C2 to C10 hydrocarbons using Gas Chromatography; various environmental projects including: monitoring Los Angeles hydrocarbon levels and quantifying hydrocarbon sources, wetlands air quality monitoring and monitoring emissions from oil drilling operations
    Emily Jarvis  
    James Landry  
    Jeremy McCallum studying oxidation mechanisms of biomolecules, specifically the oxidation of guanine derivatives and oxidants produced from the irradiation of antibodies
    Thomas Reilly p-Block clusters, especially boranes and carboranes; inorganic reagents in organic synthesis and asymmetric synthesis 
    James Roe The roles of metal ions in biology; protein structure; calorimetry of biomolecules
  • Research Instruments

    At LMU, undergraduates in Chemistry and Biochemistry are able to take advantage of the Department's exceptional array of modern chemical instrumentation.

    The following is a list of the department's major equipment holdings:

    • Amersham AKTA prime Automated Liquid Chromatography System
    • Asylum Research MFP-3D SA AFM/ARC2 – Atomic Force Microscope (college shared)
    • Beckman DU-70 UV/VIS Spectrophotometer
    • Beckman Model J2-21 Refrigerated Centrifuge
    • Beckman Progammable Solvent Module 126 and Diode Array Detector Module 168 System 32 Karat HPLC
    • BioRad MyCycler Thermocycler
    • Bruker AVIII400 Nanobay - Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Spectrometer with Automation (BACS-60 sample changer) (college shared)
    • Bruker GC-436, MS-Trirple Quadropole - Gas Chromatograph- Mass Spectrometer (GC-MS)
    • Bruker Scion GC-436 – Gas Chromatograph
    • Bruker Alpha FT-IR Spectrometer (2X)
    • Bruker Tensor II FT-IR Spectrometer
    • Bruker 450-GC, 430-GC – Gas Chromatograph
    • Dionex IC25 Ion-Exchange Chromatograph
    • Dynex Opsys MR Microplate Photometer
    • EG&G model 263 Potentiostat/Galvanostat with model 303A GMDE Potentiometer
    • FEI SEM QUANTA 200 – Scanning Electron Microscope (college shared)
    • GOW-MAC Series 400 Gas Chromatograph (2X)
    • Hitachi F-2000 Fluorescence Spectrometer with Stirrer
    • Jasco J-850-150S - Circular Dichroism (CD) Spectrometer
    • Labconco FreeZone Plus 12
    • Mattson Polaris FTIR
    • Microcal Differential Scanning Calorimeter
    • Perkin Elmer 1600 series FTIR Spectrometer
    • Perkin Elmer Spectrum RX 1 FTIR (2)
    • Perkin Elmer 1760 series FTIR with Spectra-Tech IR Microscope
    • Perkin Elmer DNA Thermal Cycler
    • Perkin Elmer ELAN DRC-e. - Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectroscopy (ICP-MS) (college shared)
    • Perkin Elmer Flexar FX-15 UHPLC, Flexar FX-PDA UHPLC detector, Flexar SQ300 MS - Liquid Chromatograph Mass Spectrometer (LC-MS)
    • Perkin Elmer Gas Chromatograph, model 8500
    • Perkin Elmer AAnalyst 200 Atomic Absorption Spectrometer
    • Perkin Elmer Lambda 20 UV/VIS Spectrophotometer
    • Perkin Elmer Lambda 25 UV/VIS Spectrophotometer (2X)
    • Perkin Elmer Lambda 35 UV/VIS Spectrophotometer
    • Perkin Elmer Lambda 40 UV/VIS Spectrophotometer
    • Perkin Elmer Zeeman 4100ZL Graphite Furnace Atomic Absorption Spectrometer
    • Shimadzu AA-6300 (GFA-EX7i, ASC-6100) - Graphite Furnace Atomic Adsorption Spectrometer (GC-AAS)
    • Sievers 800 Portable Organic Carbon Analyzer (TOC Analyzer)
    • Varian 3400 Saturn II Gas Chromatograph-Mass Spectrometer (GC-MS) (college shared)
    • Varian Gas Chromatograph, Model 3800 with Electron Capture Detector and FID (2) Detectors
    • Varian Gas Chromatograph, Model 3400 with Flame Ionization Detectors
    • Varian Gas Chromatograph, Model 3600 with FID Detectors (2x)
    • Varian ProStar (HPLC)
    • Zeiss Confocal LSM 5 Exciter Vario Two RGB with Zen 2008 – Confocal Microscope (shared for college)

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  • Facilities

    The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is housed in the new state-of-the-art Life Science Building, which opened in Fall 2015.