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The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is best known for its wealth of research collaborations among students and faculty and other departments in the College of Engineering and Natural Sciences. These research ventures involve traditional areas such as analytical, physical, organic and inorganic chemistry as well as biochemistry with direct applications to the defense of the nation, our environment, energy, pharmaceuticals and the petroleum engineering industry. Undergraduates are encouraged to apply to the Chemistry Summer Undergraduate Research Program (CSURP) where professors serve as close mentors on student research projects. Faculty specialize in the following areas:

  • Analysis of Creatine Ethyl Ester
  • Catalysis
  • Chemical Biology
  • DNA Damage from Chemical Carcinogens
  • Drug Characterization
  • Drug Discovery
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Functional Materials
  • Hair Cortisol as a Biomarker for Stress
  • Nanobatteries
  • NanoJapan
  • Organic Synthesis
  • Protein Function in Cancer Biology
  • Quantum Dots for Early Disease Detection
  • Study of Individual Differences