ERIC Number: ED247138
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Instrumentation Needs of Academic Departments of Chemistry: A Survey Study. Report of a Joint Task Force of the Committee on Science and Committee on Chemistry and Public Affairs.
American Chemical Society, Washington, DC.
A questionnaire was mailed to 50 major chemistry departments, 112 smaller chemistry departments, and 25 chemical engineering (CE) departments. The survey (included in an appendix) consists of a series of questions on two broad subjects--the current inventory at the surveyed institutions and the needs for instrumentation. Responses were received from 32 major and 71 smaller chemistry departments, and 13 CE departments. (Due to the low response rate from the CE departments, data on these departments does not form part of this report.) Among the findings reported are those indicating that: (1) the median value of on-hand instrumentation at major institutions was $3.3 million while at smaller institutions the median was $104,000; (2) the instruments most commonly mentioned as being either on-hand or most needed are gas and liquid chromatographs, infrared and ultraviolet-visible spectrophotometers, and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), mass, and atomic absorption spectrometers; (3) 15 percent of the instrumentation is not fully operational at smaller chemistry departments and 9 percent at major ones; and (4) NMR instrumentation is needed by most of the chemistry departments. One recommendation noted is that funding agencies should enlarge support for instrumentation purchases, for both research and instruction. (JN)
Descriptors: Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Equipment Evaluation, Higher Education, Instrumentation, Laboratory Equipment, Obsolescence, Science Departments, Science Education, Science Equipment
Copies of the Report are available by writing to Justin Collat, Director, American Chemical Society, Membership Division, 1155 Sixteenth Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20036.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Policymakers
Authoring Institution: American Chemical Society, Washington, DC.