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The chemistry department’s research is regularly featured in journals, publications, and news outlets. In addition, our faculty consistently garner awards and recognitions for their work.   For more information, please see our news archive and annual department newsletter

Each semester the department also sponsors numerous events and seminars on chemistry-related topics. View our listing of departmental events and check out our seminar and colloquia schedule for this year’s presentations. These provide opportunities to learn about the latest research projects in chemistry while networking with fellow researchers, faculty, and students.

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Upcoming Speakers

Organic Seminar: Prof. Ekin Atilla-Gokcumen, SUNY Buffalo

Title: "Non-canonical Roles of Lipids in Different Cellular Processes"


Fri, February 23, 2018 • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Hutchison Hall 473

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Inorganic Seminar: Prof. Hannah Shafaat, Ohio State Univ.

Mon, February 26, 2018 • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
473 Hutchison Hall

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Colloquia: Prof. Lee Murray, UR

Wed, March 07, 2018 • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Lander Aud. Hutchison Hall 140

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Physical Seminar: Prof. Joseph Subotnik, Univ. of Pennsylvania

Mon, March 26, 2018 • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Hutchison Hall 473

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Dr. C. Rose Kennedy

Fri, March 30, 2018 • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Hutchison Hall 473

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Recent News

Compound could transform energy storage for large grids

January 31, 2018

Ellen Matson and Lauren VanGelder at work in Matson's labIn order to power entire communities with clean energy, such as solar and wind power, a reliable backup storage system is needed to provide energy when the sun isn’t shining and the wind doesn’t blow.


Humboldt Research Awards support professors’ collaborations in Germany

December 28, 2017

 William Jones of the Department of Chemistry, left, and Xi-Cheng Zhang of the Institute of Optics.Two University of Rochester faculty members—William Jones of the Department of Chemistry and Xi-Cheng Zhang of the Institute of Optics—have received prestigious Humboldt Research Awards. The awards will enable them to spend up to one year cooperating on a long-term research project with specialist colleagues at a research institution in Germany.


Chemist go 'back to the future' to untangle quantum dot mystery

December 12, 2017

ImageFor more than 30 years, researchers have been creating quantum dots—tiny, crystalline, nanoscale semiconductors with remarkable optical and electronic properties.


Upcoming Departmental Events

3rd Year Talk: Antonio Tinoco

Fri, March 16, 2018 • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Hutchison Hall 473

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Senior Thesis Poster Session 2018

The Chemistry Department Senior Poster Session is an annual event which showcases chemistry majors and their senior research. Please join us for an afternoon of research and light refreshments in support of our seniors. All are welcome to attend!

Fri, May 04, 2018 • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Hutchison Hall 1st Floor Carpet Lounge

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Chemistry Department Diploma Ceremony 2018

The Diploma Ceremony for Chemistry BS and BA majors will be on Sunday, May 20th, 2018, at 3:30 p.m., in Douglass Feldman Ballroom.  There will be a reception immediately afterwards in the adjoining section of the Douglass Feldman Ballroom.

Come help us celebrate our graduating Class of 2018!

Sun, May 20, 2018 • 3:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Douglass Feldman Ballroom (2nd Floor)

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