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

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

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

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Recent News

In Memory of Chemistry Professor Emeritus William Saunders

June 21, 2019

The Chemistry Department mourns the loss of Emeritus Professor William “Bill” H. Saunder ...

Ellen Matson Appointed Wilmot Assistant Professor

May 22, 2019

Ellen Matson is one of four appointed Wilmot Assistant Professors. This award shines light on promis ...

Ignacio Franco - G. Graydon Curtis ’58 and Jane W. Curtis Award for Nontenured Faculty Teaching Excellence

May 10, 2019

Ignacio Franco, assistant professor of chemistry and physics, will be awarded the G. Graydon Curtis ...

William D. Jones—William H. Riker University Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching

May 10, 2019

William D. Jones, the Charles F. Houghton Professor of Chemistry, will be presented the William ...

2019 Undergraduate Chemistry Awards

May 9, 2019

Several outstanding chemistry undergraduates have won awards from the Chemistry Department, the Amer ...

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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Pictured here are Matson and PhD student Brittney Petel.

Research Spotlight

Group ‘Cleaves’ Oxygen from Surface of Metal Oxide, Enhancing Reactivity

The lab of Ellen Matson (left), an assistant professor of chemistry, has developed a new method of opening solid state materials to oxygenation, using metallic oxide clusters, which can eliminate guesswork from discovery of new catalysts. The ultimate goal is to more efficiently convert greenhouse gases to useful fuels. PhD student Brittney Petel (right) is lead author of the paper describing the discovery.

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