Guide to the Chemistry Building
The main Chemistry building (Building 555) has been designed to make adequate facilities available for research and to provide an informal atmosphere for free exchange among Department members. There are public areas, shared laboratories, shared office space, and privately assigned places. A newcomer to the building should become familiar with locations of the key areas.
Stairs and Elevators - Building 555
The central main staircase and a passenger elevator are for personnel traffic only. Each wing has a staircase. There is a rear staircase for traffic directly to service areas. The building has a freight elevator at the rear core. Flammable material, chemicals, solvents, gas cylinders, etc. can be transported in the freight elevator but not in the passenger elevator. Do not ride with gas cylinders or dewars charged with cryogens as the presence of these in a confined space introduces a suffocation hazard.
A feature of the architectural design is the half-glass partitions between the laboratories and the corridors. Our laboratories contain many hazardous materials, and even the stairs could be dangerous to a child small enough to crawl between the balusters. This could have tragic consequences. To prevent such mishaps you are urged not to bring small children into the building. If children are admitted into the building they must at all times be in the immediate presence of a responsible adult. Children are forbidden from entering laboratories.
The alcoves provide desk, reading and conversational areas adjacent to the laboratories. Keep all furniture within the alcove area and do not block the corridors.
The building is heated and cooled by a "once through" air system. To help conserve energy, turn off all unnecessary equipment and lights in offices, alcoves, and laboratories.
Department Services and Facilities
Major Department facilities include beam lines at the National Synchrotron Light Source (NSLS), Van de Graaff and LINAC accelerators. In addition, the Department is well equipped with the tools necessary for chemical research, including a 400-MHz NMR, a GC/mass spectrometer, numerous laser systems, and a computer network. Several support services - machine shop, instrument design shop, computer and programming assistance are available to staff scientists.
Petterson (Rm. 200)
Facility specific safety training is required for all employees and guests.The building is locked in the evening from 5 p.m. to 8:30 a.m.
Located in the main office area is the Department's copying and fax machines and mailboxes.
Stockroom – Lee
Walcott (Rm. 212)
Laboratory vehicles are available for on-site use. A valid driver's license is required to operate them. Do not keep the vehicle out for longer than 30 minutes without permission. A check-out sheet is posted in the Stockroom.
Research Space Manager
Facility Project Manager
Services and Instrumentation Shop – James
Anselmini (Room 213)
Shop - F. Maier (Rm.
NMR - David Grills (Rm. 205)
Kahanda (Rm. 200E)
The BNL Information Technology Division provides a range of computing services and the Helpdesk can be reached at Ext. 5522 or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
Current electronic journals may be accessed by visiting the Research Library’s homepage
Last Modified: June 28, 2012