Campus: San José State University -- February 29, 2000

$500,000 Grant From W. M. Keck Foundation Goes To San José State University's College Of Science

SAN JOSÉ, Calif., -- San José State University's College of Science has received a $500,000 grant from the W. M. Keck Foundation of Los Angeles for the Department of Chemistry. The grant will be used to establish state-of-the-art laboratories for instruction and research in Duncan Hall on campus, where research on structure and surface analysis will be conducted.

The facility, which will be called the W. M. Keck Core Facility for Structure and Surface Analysis, will house a number of modern instruments in a central location. Among the new instruments to be acquired is a 400MHz NMR spectrometer with both liquid and solid measurement capabilities.

"The improved instrumentation and new research lab space will benefit the growing research programs in the department, and greatly enhance the teaching programs," said Roy Okuda, associate professor of chemistry. "Not only will students have an opportunity for hands-on experience with many of the important tools used by chemists in research and development, the facility will also provide a means for Silicon Valley companies to develop cooperative activities with the SJSU chemistry department."

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