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

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.

Chemists design chemical probe for detecting minute temperature shifts in the body

The Zadrozny Lab designs molecules that allow magnetic resonance imaging to do things that it currently can’t do.

Outstanding Grad: Beth Trent-Ringler, College of Natural Sciences

“I feel proud of all I’ve learned and all the challenges I’ve overcome in these few years. Of course, the pandemic gave everyone a whole host of additional challenges, but it does feel really rewarding to get to the other side and earn my degree.”