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Chemistry and Biochemistry

National Microscale Chemistry Center

The National Microscale Chemistry Center™ was established at Merrimack College in 1993 in cooperation with the Environmental Protection Agency, the Toxics Use Reduction Institute of Massachusetts and the National Science Foundation to develop new techniques in microscale and implement microscale chemistry throughout the world for education and research.

The mission of NMCC is “to implement the ideas of chemical use reduction, air quality improvement, exposure limitation, recycling, and waste reduction into every chemical worker’s and every student’s thinking.” To accomplish its goal the center has developed training courses in microscale chemistry techniques, and microscale methodology.

Programs have been offered to educators at all educational levels from elementary school through college. NMCC participants have authored several textbooks on microscale techniques, laboratory manuals and hundreds of academic papers as well as presentations and workshops.

The work of the NMCC continues at Merrimack College, where we continue to utilize microscale chemistry methods in our classrooms and laboratories, bringing Merrimack’s long history of microscale to the next generation of scientists.

What Is Microscale Chemistry?

Microscale chemistry — often referred to as small-scale chemistry — is an analytical method and teaching method that involves working with small quantities of chemical substances.