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 Analytical Resources Core that provides 24/7 student access to shared instrumentation.

NEWS

Jean Chung receives NSF CAREER award to study proteins on cell membranes

The award will support Chung’s investigation of molecular interactions on the surfaces of cells, where many critical life processes take place.

Water in, clean energy and water out: DOE funds renewable hydrogen fuel research

Using sunlight to split water, or H2O, into hydrogen and oxygen represents what Justin Sambur, associate professor in the Department of Chemistry at Colorado State University, calls “a holy grail in energy science.”

Indoor air quality experiments show exposure risks while cooking, cleaning

When you’re cooking or cleaning inside your home, what chemicals are you breathing, and are they potentially harmful? CSU chemists have given us a solid start on the answer.

CSU chemists share in $20 million award for NSF Center for Computer-Assisted Synthesis

Rob Paton in the Department of Chemistry helped establish the center in 2018. His work is in developing new computational approaches that enable data science to be applied to chemical reaction discovery and optimization.