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DEPARTMENT PERSONNEL: 33 military and civilian faculty and 1 visiting professor, and 6 staff members.
DEGREE OFFERED: accredited bachelor of science in chemistry in one of three tracks: chemistry, biochemistry and material chemistry. More details.
MISSION: The primary mission of the department is teaching in order to empower cadets with the knowledge, skills and values to make accurate technical judgments based on scientific principles to serve the air force and nation. As part of this mission, the cadets are strongly encouraged to participate in a research project in their senior year. In the past years cadets have been involved in research projects in the traditional areas of chemistry as well as materials chemistry.
RESEARCH: Faculty members are encouraged to develop or participate in research activities to further their academic development as well as provide support to other agencies. Currently faculty members have research projects underway in the areas of chemical education, environmental, analytical, biochemistry, inorganic, organic, physical, and materials chemistry. More details.
FACILITIES: The department moved into the new Consolidated Education and Training Facility during the summer of 1996. More details.
INSTRUMENTATION: The department has a broad range of state-of-the-art instrumentation available to support the faculty and cadet research and teaching efforts. Cadets are provided the opportunity to learn and develope hands-on experience on most DFC instrumentation as their course or research projects require. Equipment available includes a 400 MHz Broadband NMR spectrometer, a 300 MHz Quadprobe NMR system, MALDI-TOF/TOF, FT-IR and FT-Raman Spectrometers equipped with both conventional sample and microscope accessories, SEM/EDS system, Scanning Probe Microscope, GC/MS and LC/MS-TOF systems, DNA Microarray Scanner, DSC, TGA, and DTA/TGA thermal analysis systems, Dynamic Mechanical Analyzer, UV-Vis spectrometers, HPLC systems, a Single Crystal X-ray Diffractometer, Powder X-ray Diffractometer, EPR spectrometer, Flame Atomic Absorption and ICP spectrometers, an Ion Chromatograph, fully - integrated GPC system, CE/MS, Capillary Gas Chromatographs, Surface Tension/Contact Angle Analyzer, Impedence/Electrochemical Detectors, Vapor Depositor, and finally a programmable Laboratory Microwave.