The Department of Chemistry has an international reputation for excellence in research across a broad array of disciplines, including analytical, biological, inorganic, organic, materials and physical chemistry. Ph.D. graduates receive world-class training, participate in cutting-edge (and often interdisciplinary) research projects, and are employed at all levels of academia and industry around the globe. The faculty also enjoy an award-winning reputation for teaching excellence. Undergraduate students benefit both from access to this classroom expertise and from a long tradition of substantive undergraduate participation in research. The Department’s research efforts are supported by a state-of-the-art Central Instrument Facility that provides 24/7 student access to shared instrumentation.
Researchers have put chemistry to work on a simple, inexpensive way to identify falsified antibiotics, offering a practical solution to a real problem in the developing world.
Bonnie Buss, Ph.D. student in the Miyake Research Group, was awarded the Joseph Breen Memorial Fellowship from the American Chemical Society.
Chemistry Professor Amy Prieto has patented novel battery materials and a unique manufacturing process that together revamp decades-old lithium-ion technology. Her lithium-ion battery, built on a foundation of electroplated copper foam, is more flexible, safer, less expensive, and more environmentally friendly than batteries currently on the market.
Publishing in Nature Communications, the team led by Professor of Chemistry Eugene Chen describes synthesis of a polymer called P3HB.