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Support the SCS Center of Research and Educational Support (CORES)

CORES Center of Research & Educational Support, School of Chemical Sciences

In keeping with the long history of the School of Chemical Sciences support of education and research at the University of Illinois, honoring the pioneering idea of world-renowned faculty, and combating the loss of funding from federal and State sources, SCS is proposing the creation of a Center of Research and Educational Support (CORES) endowment to perpetually provide our researchers and our facilities the best equipment and greatest support staff to match the frontier research objectives of our faculty and students.

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In 1961, Professor Herb Gutowsky was Head of the Department of Chemistry and presented his vision of the future of the department in the 1961-62 Annual Report. The tremendous advances in the development of complex spectroscopic and electronic instruments in the past ten years has made it possible to attack problems in every area of chemistry of a complexity hardly imaginable fifteen years ago…
The 'availability' of these instruments is an absolute essential for carrying on modern research and indeed for the proper education of advanced undergraduate and graduate students… “ A synopsis of the report is: Research Empowered by World-Class Service Facilities - Best equipment - Great support staff - Faculty-driven and constantly evolving to match frontier research objectives - Largely funded by State of Illinois and federal grants.
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1952 - The first consolidated x-ray facility is dedicated at the UI in honor of Dr. G.L. Clark and his work with x-ray analysis. 1962 – With help from Dr. Gutowsky, a spectrographic service laboratory is created with NMR, IR, and UV instrumentation, as well as 3 professional staff for operations. 1960’s and 70’s- Dr. Kenneth Rinehart utilizes NIH and NSF grant funds to acquire mass spectrometry instrumentation for a new, fully equipped and staffed Mass Spec Lab.
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From FY 2003 to 2015, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) lost 22% of its capacity to fund research due to budget cuts, sequestration, and inflationary losses. -Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology. Federal grants from the National Science Foundation and NIH had previously been a valuable source of funds for the purchase of scientific instrumentation. By FY15, funding to the University from the State of Illinois (the blue portion of the adjacent bar graph) was the lowest it had been in a decade. In FY16, the University only received $62M of the proposed $202M in support from the State of Illinois.
Diminished funding from the State has forced money formerly used to purchase instrumentation to be moved from sources, such as Indirect Cost Recovery (ICR), to other critical areas.
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In keeping with the long history of the School of Chemical Sciences support of education and research at the University of Illinois and honoring the pioneering idea of Dr. Herb Gutowsky as well as the work of his esteemed colleagues, including Drs. Ken Rinehart and G.L. Clark, we propose a $25,000,000 endowment to provide our researchers and facilities: Best equipment - Great support staff - Faculty-driven and constantly evolving to match frontier research objectives - To be perpetually funded by the new CORES Endowment.
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What we can do with the money. Dr. Scott Denmark - we propose to purchase equipment to conduct research on chemical synthesis (broadly defined) that will be facilitated by using high-throughput experimentation (HTE). The research enabled by this equipment will encompass the discovery of new reactions, new biologically active compounds, new materials, and the investigation of the mechanism of these synthetic processes. HTE systems are used with increasing impact throughout the chemical industry. Companies that investigate new materials, companies that manufacture commodity chemicals, companies that conduct homogeneous catalysis and heterogeneous catalysis, and companies that prepare molecules on small and large scale as pharmaceutical candidates all use related HTE equipment. The proposed HTE Facility will influence ongoing research programs in the SCS by increasing creativity, the potential for discovery, and the quality of the educational experience. Enhanced petroleum recovery is a hot topic in our world today. The study of the mechanical properties of matter, known as rheology, and researchers like Dr. Simon Rogers, hold the keys to developing safer and more efficient materials for the oil industry and our world. But in order to fully understand these materials at the molecular level, new NMR technologies and their accessories are needed.
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Molecular Maker Lab - Harnessing major recent breakthroughs in generalized and automated synthesis technology developed in the labs of Burke and others, we plan to create a first-of-its-kind Molecule Maker Lab at UIUC. This automation-enabled service facility will provide researchers, teachers, and students with access to on-demand molecule and polymer fabrication, akin to a 3D printer at the molecular scale. By leveraging the extraordinary and enabling impact of molecular synthesis, this facility will provide transformative opportunities in science, engineering, medicine, and education, both within SCS and far beyond.. - Professional staff The goal is to staff each SCS facility, both present and future, with exceptionally talented and engaging professionals whose mission is to collaborate with UIUC researchers to empower and enable frontier research. Lingyang Zhu is an outstanding example. Hired away from a job in industry, Lingyang was hungry to engage with students and PIs and leverage the power of frontier NMR spectroscopy to drive cutting edge chemical research. She helped pioneer introduction of the first autosampling NMR instrument at the University of Illinois, UC, which has substantially improved efficiency and serves as a model for a nextgen NMR facility. She has also successfully collaborated with many different research groups throughout SCS, and co-authored with UIUC researchers many high-impacting publications.

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
School of Chemical Sciences
106 Noyes Lab
505 S. Mathews
Urbana, IL  61801
Professor Jonathan Sweedler

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