posted December 22, 1997

Chemistry Program Receives Grant

The department of chemistry at Hope College has received two major grants in support of its on-going efforts to keep its instrumentation state-of-the-art.

          A $150,000 award from the National Science
  Foundation (NSF) is helping the college acquire a new
  nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometer.  A $107,338
  award through the Hewlett-Packard U.S. University Equipment
  Grants program is funding the acquisition of a new gas
  chromatograph and a new mass spectrometer.
          All three instruments are replacing earlier models
  that have become outdated, according to Dr. William Mungall,
  who is the Elmer E. Hartgerink Professor of Chemistry at
  Hope and authored the Hewlett-Packard grant request.  Each
  will be used in chemistry laboratory course work during the
  school year, and by students and faculty engaged in research
  during the school year and summer.
          According to Mungall, the gas chromatograph and
  mass spectrometer will also be used in the college's
  recently-established program in the environmental sciences,
  which blends several of the natural and physical sciences.
          The new 400 Megahertz NMR, larger and featuring
  more work stations for users, will allow more students to
  work with it than was possible with its predecessor.  "We
  plan to get our sophomore students using the instrument
  through the laboratory program," said Dr. Michael Silver,
  professor of chemistry and author of the NSF proposal.  "I
  don't think that's done anywhere else."
          The gas chromatograph and mass spectrometer will
  be installed in time for the beginning of the forthcoming
  spring semester in January.  The NMR spectrometer will be
  installed in May, near or immediately after the end of the
  spring semester.