Please note upcoming closures for University Holidays:

  • The Department of Chemistry administrative and accounting offices will be closed on January 15, 2024.
  • For anything urgent, please call 970-491-6381

Main Office Contact Information: 7:45 a.m. – 4:15 p.m., Monday through Friday: or 970-491-6381.


Student-Led Research CSU Students Lead Polymer Research into More Recyclable Plastics
Research Shows Wildfire Smoke May Linger in Homes Long After Initial Blaze
Light can be Used to Make More Sustainable Chemicals
Inaugural Fixman-Ladanyi Professorship Awarded to Robert Paton
CSU Chemist who Developed Revolutionary Battery Mentors Next Generation of Innovators

Welcome to the Department of Chemistry at Colorado State University. We have 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 Analytical Resources Core that provides 24/7 student access to shared instrumentation.

Abstract submission is open for the upcoming Gerischer-Lewerenz Symposium. Click here for more information!



The Department of Chemistry at Colorado State University, located in Fort Collins, CO, seeks to hire at least one tenure-track faculty member. While exceptional candidates in all areas of chemistry are encouraged to apply, we are especially interested in two areas: experimental physical chemistry with teaching interests in inorganic chemistry, and analytical chemistry with teaching interests in bioanalytical chemistry.


The Department of Chemistry is now accepting applications for the Fall 2023 school year!

Kill it with fire: CSU researchers seek solution for pervasive PFAS pollutants

CSU researchers Jens Blotevogel and Anthony Rappé recently received a $474,000 U.S. Department of Defense grant to study and improve the incineration process, so PFAS can be permanently removed from the environment without producing hazardous byproducts.

Inaugural cohort of CSU Leadership Fellows announced

The inaugural cohort of Colorado State University Leadership Fellows includes Associate Professor Amber Krummel, Department of Chemistry.


Associate Professor Amber Krummel is featured in Science is Human Because Humans do Science—Why Diversity Counts on July 8 and Professor Nancy Levinger provides her expertise in The Big Chill: How Cryopreservation Will Change Our Way of Life on July 22.


Associate Professor Justin Sambur awarded Monfort Professorship

Professor Justin Sambur has been awarded a Monfort Professorship for the 2024-2026 period. Monfort Professorships are awarded to CSU Professors who are rising stars in their fields. The program supports early-career faculty by providing unrestricted

36 Chemistry Majors Make the Fall 2023 Dean’s List

36 students majoring in Chemistry made the Fall 2023 dean’s list. These students will receive a certificate from the dean for their achievement. The College of Natural Sciences’ dean’s list is composed

Farewell to Professor Joe Zadrozny

Assistant Professor Joe Zadrozny will be leaving CSU’s Department of Chemistry at the end of December, and he will begin the new year in his new position at Ohio State University. He

Colorado State University Awarded Multimillion Dollar Research Fund

Colorado State University is one of three research hubs chosen to share $42 million research fund over four years. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California and the University of Rochester in New


New research details impact of extreme wildfires on pine trees

Poor, smoke-induced air quality affects ponderosa pine trees’ ability to maintain photosynthesis and release natural chemical emissions.

CSU leads interdisciplinary research into antibacterial material for internal medical devices

Researchers at Colorado State University and the University of St. Andrews in Scotland have developed an effective and flexible antimicrobial material that could be used to coat medical devices placed inside the body.

CSU students lead polymer research into more recyclable plastics

Researchers at Colorado State University have developed a new class of recyclable polymers that could replace common single-use plastics with a large environmental footprint like grocery bags.

Research shows wildfire smoke may linger in homes long after initial blaze

The findings, published in Science Advances, show that wildfire smoke can attach to home surfaces like carpet, drapes or counters – extending the exposure for those inside and potentially causing health problems even after an initial cleaning activity by air purifiers. However, Professor Delphine Farmer said the research also shows that simple surface cleaning – like vacuuming, dusting or mopping – can reduce exposure and limit risk.


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