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.


Chemists tackle the tough challenge of recycling mixed plastics

The CSU-led team has devised a new chemical strategy that delivers specifically designed small molecules called universal dynamic crosslinkers into mixed plastic streams.

Chemists propose ultrathin material for doubling solar cell efficiency

Writing in PNAS, the researchers showed that extremely thin films of molybdenum disulfide display unprecedented charge carrier properties that could someday drastically improve solar technologies.

Chemists redesign biological PHAs, ‘dream’ biodegradable plastics

A synthetic platform created by CSU chemists paves the way for a future in which PHAs can take off in the marketplace as truly sustainable plastics.

Chemists design new molecule, with oxygen as the star of the show

From drug discovery to materials engineering, the new oxonium could open up a whole new chapter in chemistry by design.