Inorganic Chemistry Research
Inorganic chemistry, by definition, encompasses the entire periodic table. Thus, the field is extremely diverse. From solid-state materials to the inorganic biochemistry of life to nanotechnology, the research interests of the Purdue inorganic faculty promise exciting choices for the graduate student. Organometallic chemistry is represented by research in catalysis, metal clusters, metal-metal multiply bonded species, and semiconductor surface chemistry. Examples of ongoing materials research include conducting polymer and self-assembled monolayer design. Bioinorganic chemistry encompasses research into metal-protein and metal-DNA interactions, biological inorganic materials, electron transfer, and pharmaceutical design. Research into photochemistry involves the tuning and modulation of the light emitting properties of metal-based molecules. Work to determine the reactivity of main group species in water, particularly halogen-containing molecules, is being pursued because of its extreme importance to water purification. Snapshots of the research carried out by the inorganic division at Purdue are displayed here.
Purdue has, without question, one of the highest concentrations of facilities available to chemistry graduate students in the United States. Our unique instrumentation and support is particularly well suited to fostering cross-disciplinary research. Many of these facilities are of specific interest to inorganic graduate students: The Department of Chemistry Laser Facility offers a wide range of spectroscopic equipment and the assistance of a Ph.D. level staff member. Our NMR Facility has a wide range of high field instruments, solid state capabilities, and readily available expertise and assistance. A large group of chemists and engineers capable of custom design, construction and maintenance of any piece of chemical instrumentation staff the Jonathon Amy Laboratory for Chemical Instrumentation. We also have superb machine shop and glass blowing facilities in the department. The X-Ray Crystallography Facility in the Chemistry Department is state of the art and includes the latest charge coupled device (CCD) technology, allowing for rapid structure determinations. Further exemplifying our growth is the newly founded Purdue Laboratory for Chemical Nanotechnology. Our departmental Mellon Library of Chemistry is a valuable resource located within the Wetherill Chemistry Building, and subscribes to the vast majority of chemical journals available.
Students in the Department of Chemistry at Purdue University benefit greatly from the availability of a wide range of courses related to inorganic chemistry, including core classes in main group and transition metal chemistry, group theory and spectroscopy, organometallic chemistry and catalysis, bioinorganic chemistry, and kinetics, as well as other areas of chemistry. The wide diversity of classes reflect the broad range of specialties and research interests of our faculty. Through individual choice from amongst such courses, students tailor their education to their own interests, thereby obtaining the expertise required in this growing area of chemistry.
Additionally,inorganic division hosts a weekly seminar presented by distinguished visitors and graduate students. The graduate student seminars relate either to their doctoral research or an exciting new development in the inorganic chemistry literature. The inorganic division seminar series ensures that graduate students are up to date with the latest advances across the broad spectrum of inorganic chemistry, an essential base of knowledge for today's job market.