Carnegie Mellon University Department of Chemistry

Computing Facilities

Research groups involved in computational chemistry have access to parallel computing resources in the department.

The department has access to some of the fastest computers in academia at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC).


photo of Mellon Institute Library

The Mellon Institute Library, located in the same building as the Chemistry Department, provides convenient access to over 90,000 volumes and journals. The nearby Sorrells Engineering & Science Library in Wean Hall holds an additional 300,000+ volumes (includes both journals and other materials). Finally, Carnegie Mellon faculty and students may use the University of Pittsburgh libraries just a few blocks away.



Our research facilities include world-class instrumentation. All of the centralized instruments in the department are available for hands-on use, and training is made available to all students. Several additional instruments maintained in individual research groups are also shared. Such ready access to advanced equipment constitutes an important part of the graduate education of Carnegie Mellon students.

Center for Molecular Analysis (CMA)

photo of man using mass spectrometerThe Center for Molecular Analysis is the department's central chemical characterization facility. The CMA features modern high-performance analytical instruments for use by the Department of Chemistry, the Department of Biological Sciences, and other departments and centers at CMU. Research groups outside of the CMU campus may also use the CMA. In addition to the analytical instrumentation, the CMA creates an environment for innovation and collaborations as well as graduate student training.

Instruments in the CMA include:

NMR Facility in the CMA:

photo of woman using nmrTwo Bruker NMR spectrometers: the 300 and 500 MHz Avance systems. We can perform Multinuclear and Multidimensional NMR Experiments in both Direct and Reverse Detection Mode using Gradient-Assisted Spectroscopy (GRASP). (Funded in part by NSF grant # CHE-9808188 and CHE-1039870)

The CMA website includes further details, rates, and handles on-line reservations for instrument time. For further information, contact Mark Bier,, director of the CMA.

Additional Shared Instrumentation

Carnegie Mellon has established excellent resources to support both synthetic and physical chemistry research. Some instruments are maintained in individual research groups and shared among other groups in the department. Among these instruments are: