MTSU’s new cutting-edge chemistry equipment expands research, experience opportunities

Aug 22, 2023 at 06:55 pm by WGNS News

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Through faculty effort, MTSU’s Department of Chemistry recently procured almost $900,000 in grants to secure multiple pieces of state-of-the-art instrumentation for students and faculty.  

“Training on modern instrumentation gives MTSU chemistry undergraduate and graduate students an employment advantage,” said Andrienne Friedli, project participant and former department chair. “The new instruments are important for the department because these state-of-the-art tools allow us to obtain research results that are respected by the chemical community and can be published in high quality journals. In an academic research setting, publications demonstrate productivity.”  


Friedli said obtaining this level of equipment at MTSU also makes it more accessible for other students in the region.  

“Not only do departmental students use research-grade instrumentation in laboratory coursework and research projects, but students at primarily undergraduate institutions in the region that do not have research-rich environments are also welcomed,” Friedli said. “Our willingness to share equipment and expertise allows more students in the region to get exposed to and experienced on this equipment that employers will recognize and appreciate.”  

Faculty Sing Chong, Mike Zhang and Justin Miller spearheaded the instrumentation grants and were awarded both external funding from the National Science Foundation and internal match funding from the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs and the university’s Technology Access Fee fund. The department was funded to purchase four major pieces of equipment — a Raman microscope, two mass spectrometers and a fluorometer.  

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Photo above article - Middle Tennessee State University chemistry faculty Mike Zhang, left, and Sing Chong use the department’s new state-of-the-art liquid chromatograph coupled to a high resolution mass spectrometer on Thursday, Aug. 18, at the Science Building on campus. The device is one of four recently acquired, cutting-edge pieces of chemistry instrumentation that Zhang, Chong and other faculty helped acquire through grant funds with hopes to expand research and hands-on experience opportunities for faculty and students. (MTSU photo by J. Intintoli)

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