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Our research spans virtually all areas of modern chemical research and related fields.

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Graduate Studies

Our PhD program features internationally recognized research and a small student/faculty ratio.

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Major & Minor

Pursue a degree or take courses in chemistry. Undergraduates can consider our five-year BS/MS degree program.

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Recent News

Knowles, Poletti are Furth Fund award recipients

April 13, 2018

Kathryn Knowles, assistant professor of chemistry, and Martina Poletti, assistant professor of ...

Brittney Petel Selected as Recipient of ACS Women Chemists Committee/Eli Lilly Travel Award

April 13, 2018

Brittney Petel, graduate student in the Matson Group, was awarded the ACS Women Chemists Committee/E ...

In memory of Chemistry Professor Emeritus Andrew S. Kende

March 29, 2018

It is with great sadness that we share the news that Professor Andy Kende passed away suddenly on th ...

Chemistry Professor David McCamant wins Inaugural College Award For Undergraduate Teaching and Research Mentorship

March 26, 2018

Congratulations to Dave McCamant for being selected as the first recipient of The College Award for ...

Compound could transform energy storage for large grids

January 31, 2018

In order to power entire communities with clean energy, such as solar and wind power, a reliable bac ...

Summer Programs

From research opportunities to coursework, undergraduate students can make the most of the summer semester at Rochester.

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CBI Training Program

Graduate students in the chemical and biological sciences at Rochester have the opportunity to participate in the NIH-funded Chemistry-Biology Interface (CBI) Training Program. Thirty faculty members from six departments and programs in AS&E and SMD serve as mentors to students participating in the program.

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Take Five student Austin Bailey (right) is pictured in the lab of chemistry professor Todd D. Krauss (left). Bailey is working on synthesizing a polymer that will permit scientists to attach other molecules to nanotubes very easily.

Research Spotlight

Summer research that’s totally (nano)tubular

Chemistry major Austin Bailey ’18 (T5) has spent his summer developing a special polymer to attach other molecules to nanotubes, and his work could have significant applications for creating renewable energy sources.

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Tianhao Yu ’19 in the Hutchison Hall lab of chemistry professor Lewis Rothberg. Yu is using lasers to study films of organic light emitters. (University photo / J. Adam Fenster)

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Undergraduate’s summer research is a glass act

Tianhao Yu ’19 has a unique job this summer: testing organic light-emitting diodes that may help improve the screen displays of devices such as cell phones and televisions.

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