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Facilities

The unique multicampus structure of the City University of New York offers graduate students several key advantages in graduate study: a wide diversity of faculty research interests, an abundance of research equipment and many collaborative opportunities. One of the major attributes of the Ph.D. program is that students conducting research at one senior college have access to the facilities and instrumentation at all of the other senior colleges. Notable recent acquisitions include NMR facilities at several colleges: Varian Unityplus 600 MHz [Staten Island] and 500 MHz [Hunter] instruments for advanced solution studies of proteins and polymers; Bruker high-field instruments with multinuclear capability [Brooklyn, City, Queens]; and a Varian Unityplus 300 MHz wide-bore instrument for solid state studies [Staten Island]. These systems are linked via ftp data transfer and remote log-in capability through the CUNY central computer system. Other recent acquisitions include: a Bruker ESP 380E FT-EPR, HP 1050M and 1090 HPLC systems; a Dupont 2100 thermal analyzer (DSC,TGA); Applied Biosystems 433A peptide synthesizer; MALDI Mass Spectrometer; Spectra Physics Model 3941-MIS regenerative mode locked, Tsunami Ti-sapphire laser; Shimadeu QP 500 GC Mass Spectrometer; ASAP 2010 physisorption analyzer; X-ray diffractometers equipped for analysis of small and large molecules; and IBM SP2 supercomputer with 10 nodes. Numerous SUN, SGI and Compaq/DEC workstations are available on the campuses. Students and faculty have free access to two Linux run computer clusters (instructional and research) at the Graduate Center and to many computational facilities at the senior colleges. Other established research facilities in the program include the CUNY X-ray Crystallography Facility [Hunter] and a laser laboratory plus two cluster beams and two molecular beam epitaxy chambers [City].

The Applied Science Coordinating Institute (ASCI) has been established at The Graduate School in conjunction with CUNY's participation in the Higher Education Applied Technology (HEAT) program of the State of New York. Many recent equipment acquisitions have been facilitated under the auspices of the HEAT program, which has provided CUNY with $15 million to purchase equipment, and the Graduate Research Initiative (GRI) administered by the New York State Dormitory Authority. Slightly more than one-quarter of the faculty participants in the HEAT program are from the Ph.D. Program in Chemistry; their work is in the areas of applied biomedicine and biotechnology, ultrafast photonics, and environmental science. Other support from New York State comes from the designation of CUNY as a Center for Advanced Technology (CAT). CUNY is also one of the institutional members of the New York Structural Biology Center (NYSBC). The Center, located adjacent to City College, will house the largest and most advanced cluster of high-field research magnets (NMRs) in the United States. Other sources of institutional support are provided by federal programs such as NMRS, CASI and RCMI.

Each of the senior colleges maintains a library with a wide range of chemistry journals. CUNY faculty and students have access to the ACS online journals. Remote access to journal articles is also available at no cost to doctoral faculty and students at any CUNY campus via two document delivery services, ISI (Institute for Scientific Information) and CAS (Chemical Abstracts Service). In addition, SIBL, the Science, Industry, and Business Library of New York Public Library is located in the same building as the Graduate Center. Billed as "A New Library for a New Century," SIBL combines the extensive paper holdings of one of the nation's great libraries with state-of-the-art electronic access. The SIBL research collection comprises 1.5 million volumes, among which is a circulating collection of 80,000 books and an open-shelf reference collection of over 60,000 items. The Chemist's Club Library and the Engineering Societies Library are nearby. Library facilities in New York City are among the very best in the United States.

Machine and electronics shops are available at each campus and a master glassblower is available within the university (City) to serve research needs at all campuses.

Although research students spend most of their time on the senior college campuses, regular opportunities to meet graduate students and faculty from all the campuses are afforded by the seminar series held at the Graduate Center. In addition, each campus has its own department lecture series. All the other major universities in New York City as well as the New York Academy of Sciences and the New York Section of the American Chemical Society have regular seminar programs.