What Our Faculty are Saying
Rutgers University broke ground June 16, 2014, on a new state-of-the-art science building on the Busch Campus to serve the students, faculty and staff of the Chemistry and Chemical Biology (CCB) Department.
“CCB is a national leader when it comes to educating chemistry students at all levels as well as securing federal funding for research that is vital to many technology-based industries,” said Professor Alan Goldman. “We are very excited about the future of the chemistry program at Rutgers because the infrastructure commitment enhances our ability to educate students and advance research in a field that creates the materials and products of everyday life, from the invention of new synthetic polymers to innovations in health care and energy.”
The $115 million, 130,000-square-foot signature research and teaching facility will complete construction in 2017 and be located just north of the department’s principal building, the Wright-Rieman Chemistry Complex.
“Chemistry is really the cultural gateway to the sciences,” said Professor Jean Baum. “The new building reaffirms the university’s commitment to serving the needs of the STEM industries as well as the essential role and impact of chemistry in a modern research and teaching university of Rutgers’ caliber.”
The growing STEM demand is driven by America’s technology based economy that emphasizes education in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The chemical industry employs more than 1 million U.S. workers directly, generates trillions of dollars yearly in revenue, and is responsible for over 10 percent of exports. New Jersey has the largest concentration of chemical industry research, development, and production in the nation, with direct employment of over 70,000 and more than $1 billion in state and local tax contributions.
“We are creating a signature science building for Rutgers University that will help serve the increasing student demand for Chemistry and Chemical Biology educational programs and result in a better-trained workforce,” said Professor Alan Goldman. “The building will emphasize collaboration, which is really key in today’s world of scientific discovery. Combining instructional spaces with state-of-the-art technology, flexible research facilities, and multiple common areas will support an interdisciplinary scientific approach.”
The building will include a microscopy suite, a class 100 chemistry clean room, as well as optical/laser, mass spectroscopy, and x-ray crystallography laboratories. Facilities will feature new smart classrooms and collaborative spaces will enable modern teaching tools and methods that support the mentoring and training of Rutgers undergraduate and graduate students.
Large laboratories will be flexible, with space, equipment, and furnishings reconfigurable as scientific needs and research teams evolve. Equally important, specialty rooms will meet the particular needs of instrumentation that require high vibrational, thermal, humidity and/or electromagnetic field stability. Space, light, and pedestrian flow will optimize interaction and productivity for faculty and students. Communal spaces will maximize collaboration within and between research teams.
"Today's modern scientific methods rely on critically sensitive tools that require extremely stable environments to function properly,” said Associate Professor KiBum Lee. “We are very excited about the future of chemistry research at Rutgers because the unique requirements of each research endeavor has been incorporated into the new building’s design. It is impossible to predict what tomorrow holds, but we will have the infrastructure in place to meet any challenge.”