Skip to main content

Emphasizing hands-on research

Learn More

Supporting the drive for discovery

Learn More

Featuring state-of-the-art technology

Learn More


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

Learn More

Graduate Studies

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

Learn More

Major & Minor

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

Learn More

Seminars & Colloquia

    More Events

    Recent News

    Chemistry Welcomes New Faculty member, Dr. C. Rose Kennedy

    February 22, 2019

    Assistant Professor Rose Kennedy will officially join the Department of Chemistry faculty as of ...

    Chemist Ellen Matson named 2019 Sloan Research Fellow

    February 20, 2019

    Ellen Matson, assistant professor of chemistry at the University of Rochester, is a recipient of the ...

    Prof. Ellen Matson named a 2019 Cottrell Scholar

    February 11, 2019

    Ellen Matson, an assistant professor of chemistry at the University of Rochester,  has been nam ...

    New grad student chapter tackles underrepresentation in STEM

    February 4, 2019

    Raven Osborn thought long and hard about continuing a PhD at the University of Rochester. Other mino ...

    Department receives funding for a new X-ray diffractometer

    January 30, 2019

    The chemistry department recently received funding for a new X-ray diffractometer from the NSF&#8217 ...

    Summer Programs

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

    Learn More >

    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.

    Learn More >

    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.

    Read More

    Want more information about the Department of Chemistry? Contact us.
    Follow us on Facebook at