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. Undergraduate students benefit 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.

Research Groups

Ackerson Group


Bandar Group

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Borch Group

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Chen Group

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Crans Group

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Fisher Group

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Henry Group

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Krummel Group

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Levinger Group

Levinger Group

McNally Group

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Miyake Group

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Neilson Group

Neilsong Research group

Paton Group

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Prieto Group

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Rappe Group

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Reynolds Group

Reynolds Lab

Sambur Group

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Shores Group

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Szamel Group

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Van Orden Group

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Williams Group

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Zadrozny Group

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Research News

New CSU-led center will explore how light can be used to make more sustainable chemicals

The National Science Foundation has awarded a CSU-led team a three-year, $1.8 million grant to launch the Center for Sustainable Photoredox Catalysis, which will design chemical manufacturing processes harnessing light energy and utilizing readily-available materials as catalysts. 

Inaugural Fixman-Ladanyi Professorship awarded to Robert Paton

“Robert Paton, a professor of chemistry at Colorado State University, was awarded the inaugural Fixman-Ladanyi Professorship in Chemistry… “Rob is becoming ‘the’ person sought after for collaboration in computational organic chemistry. He is a dedicated and thoughtful teacher, and he is a valuable department citizen. Dr. Paton’s well-rounded excellence sets a high standard for the Fixman-Ladanyi Professorship.””

CSU chemist who developed revolutionary battery mentors next generation of innovators

Even as Colorado State University Professor Amy Prieto continues to commercialize a fast-charging battery that’s being touted as a game-changer for everything from electric vehicles to power tools, she’s continuing to educate the next generation of innovators inside her lab in the Chemistry Building.

CSU researchers receive $1.2 million grant to study how everything from cleaning products to nicotine impacts indoor air

Colorado State University Department of Chemistry Professor Delphine Farmer and her team of researchers recently received a $1.2 million grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation to investigate the chemical compounds floating through our indoor spaces.