Department Head

Professor Amy Howell

Program Head

Bailey, Basu, Birge, Brueckner, Cole, Kumar, Mason, Papadimitrakopoulos, Rusling, M. Smith, Sotzing, Suib, Stwalley, Teschke and Wright

Associate Professor

Adamson, Asandei, Gascon, Kasi, Leadbeater, Lin, MacKay, Peczuh, Pinkhassik, Seery, Vlahos, Wikhom, and Yao

Assistant Professors

Angeles-Boza, He, Hren, and Zhao

The Department of Chemistry offers course work and research in the areas of analytical, biological, , environmental, inorganic, organic, physical, polymer and solid state chemistry leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Chemistry. Research projects within these areas include: Analytical – atomic spectroscopy, biomedical sensors and microarrays, chemistry, proteomics, separations and mass spectrometry; Biological – bio-analytical, bio-inorganic, bio-organic, bio-physical, bio-photonic, bio-polymer, and bio-materials; Inorganic – bioinorganic and coordination chemistry, catalysis, crystal growth and structure, organometallic and transition metal chemistry, physical methods, solid-state chemistry, structure determination, synthesis and characterization, nanomaterials and surface analysis; Organic – bioorganic, medicinal and toxicological chemistry, natural products, synthetic and physical organic chemistry, and organic polymer chemistry; Physical – kinetics, biophysical chemistry, spectroscopy, solar hydrogen, physical methods, theoretical and computational chemistry, thermodynamics, X-ray crystal structure; and Polymer – organic and inorganic polymers, and synthesis and characterization of materials;. A detailed description of the research programs of individual faculty members is available in a departmental brochure, which is available on the departmental Website

In addition to the basic requirements for admission to the Graduate School, an applicant is recommended to submit scores from the General and the Advanced Test in Chemistry of the Graduate Record Examinations at the time of application. All entering graduate students must take comprehensive proficiency examinations in analytical, inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry at the advanced undergraduate level. The results of these examinations are used to determine the appropriate graduate course level for the student.

The student must qualify in the four areas listed above either by passing the proficiency examinations upon entry, or by earning a grade of B or higher (not B-) in an approved remedial graduate course in the discipline(s) in which the examination was not passed. Students lacking undergraduate background in an area, may elect to take an undergraduate course or sequence and retake the proficiency examination. Students who do not qualify for admission to the Ph.D. program may be allowed to continue towards a master’s degree.

Requirements for the Ph.D. Degree

There are no specific course requirements for the Ph.D. degree in chemistry beyond those established by the student’s advisory committee. Students should confer with their advisory committees concerning those courses which are recommended as preparation for the doctoral General Examination in the various divisions. Ordinarily, students are also expected to demonstrate reasonable competence in an area or areas outside their major program emphasis.

After the successful completion of the qualification requirements (see above), the student must pass the General Examination for the Ph.D. degree, consisting of a written and an oral portion as determined by the student’s chosen Division (analytical, biological, environmental, inorganic, organic, physical. polymer and solid-state). The General Examination (see the department’s Graduate Student Handbook for details) usually is completed during the second or third year of graduate study.

The Ph.D. dissertation must contain the results of original research in chemistry and make a substantial contribution to the particular field. Upon completion of the dissertation, the student takes an oral examination in its defense.

Special Facilities

In addition to the standard equipment found in chemistry departments, the facilities available for research include: electrochemical instrumentation, electron spin resonance spectrometers, FT-IR and Raman spectrometers, high field NMR facility, gas and liquid chromatographs, flash photolysis apparatus, laser spectroscopy instrumentation (atomic and molecular), Mössbauer instruments, magnetic susceptibility balances, microscopes (including fluoresence and scanning electron microscopes), UV/visible and fluoresence plate readers, multimode digital imaging systems, nanocalorimeters, polymer preparation and characterization instrumentation, high-resolution mass spectrometry (MS facility for GC-MS and LC-MS with state-of-the-art mass spectrometers (QqTOF, QqQ, QqLIT) with various ionization sources, surface analysis equipment (Auger, SAM, XPS, ISS-SIMS, AMF), high throughput synthesis and screening facility, thermal analysis equipment, ultra-high temperature and pressure equipment, UV/visible spectrophotometers, spectrofluorimeters, surface plasmon resonance spectrometers and SPR Imager, high throughput optical spectrometer with robotic liquid handler and powder X-ray diffraction equipment. Advanced computing facilities and access to supercomputers are available within the department and university; computer services are also available at the University’s Computer Center on campus. Some faculty members are also members of the University’s Institute of Materials Science (IMS) or the Center for Environmental Science and Engineering (CESE) where additional research facilities are available, especially for polymer synthesis, characterization, and processing, or environmental analysis and research, respectively.

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