Department of Chemistry

The Department of Chemistry provides students with the background to needed to enter graduate school, medical or dental school, pursue careers as professional chemist, or careers as high school teachers.


The Department of Chemistry has five full-time tenured track faculty with terminal degrees and one full-time instructor/laboratory coordinator. The expertise of the faculty represents all of the core areas of chemistry (more faculty)


The following pieces of equipment a re available for student research and laboratory studies:

  1. Hitachi Rapid Scan NMR
  2. Galaxy/Mattson FTIR
  3. Perkin Elmer Fluorescence Spectrophotometer
  4. Hewlett Packard HPLC
  5. Hitachi Spectrophotometer
  6. Varian Gas Chromatograph
  7. Olympus Polarized Microscope
  8. HAAKE Viscometer
  9. HVA6 PARR Viscometer
  10. Thermal Analysis Differential Scanning Calorimeter
  11. PAR Polarograph
  12. Thermal Analysis Thermal Gravimetric Analyzer
  13. Hitachi Two UV-Vis Spectrophotometer
  14. Varian Spectra 220 Atomic Absorption Spectrometer
  15. PAR Catalytic Hydrogenator
  16. Themal Analysis Mechanical Analyzer
  17. Agilent Gas Chromatograph - Mass Spectrometer
  18. EG&G Applied Research Polarographic Analyzer/Stripping Voltameter


Students are encouraged to participate in on- and off- campus research projects. On-campus research projects include Nitric Oxide Free Radical Reactions, Polymer Synthesis, Polymer Rheology, and Coal Slurry energy related research. Students also frequently participate in research projects at Dow Chemical, Baton Rough, LA; Philip Morris, Richmond, VA; Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA; Tulane University, New Orleans, LA; and NASA. (more research)


The University and the Department of Chemistry offers students a variety of financial aid packages. These include scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study. For more complete information please contact:


Dr. Bobboy Burkes, Interim Department Head/Professor, Department of ChemistryDr. Bobby Burkes
Interim Department Head/Professor
Department of Chemistry
Carver Hall, Room 218
Grambling, La 71245
(318) 274-2341
Fax:  (318) 274-3703