The chemistry department is housed in the Howard L. Hunter Chemistry Laboratory, which includes over 50,000 square feet of laboratory space for research and teaching. One of the finest research facilities in the Southeast, this building was completed in 1987 and accommodates about 100 graduate students, postdoctoral scientists and visiting scientists. It includes a satellite chemistry library that houses the field’s most important journals and supplements extensive holdings in the University’s central library. Several chemistry research groups also occupy space in other on- and off-campus buildings.
The department maintains a broad range of multiple-user instruments for chemistry research. Major research instrumentation holdings include three Fourier-transform NMR spectrometers; X-ray powder, single-crystal and thin-film diffractometers; an electron spin resonance (ESR) spectrometer; gas chromatography/mass spectrometer systems; a thermal analysis system; and much more state-of-the-art equipment maintained by indivudal faculty in support of their research programs or through the Chemistry's research partners.