News & Events


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. See our news archive for past stories.

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

Victor J. Chambers Distinguished Lecture: "Rh(III)- and Co(III)-catalyzed C-H bond additions to polarized p-bonds"

Professor Jonathan Ellman

Mon, March 20, 2017 • 3:45 PM - 4:45 PM
Hutchison Hall 140, Lander Auditorium

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Victor J. Chambers Distinguished Lecture: "Rh(I)-catalyzed C-H functionalization cascades for the synthesis of nitrogen heterocycles"

Professor Jonathan Ellman

Tue, March 21, 2017 • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Hutchison Hall 473

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Victor J. Chambers Distinguished Lecture: "Adventures in small molecule enzyme inhibitor development"

Professor Jonathan Ellman

Wed, March 22, 2017 • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Hutchison 141, Hubbell Auditorium

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Colloquium: "Engineering Nanometer-Scale Electronic Coherence in Soft Matter: Electron and Exciton Transport Pathways in DNA"

Professor David Beratan

Wed, March 29, 2017 • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

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Physical Seminar: "A hybrid molecular-nanocrystal platform for photon upconversion"

Professor Ming Lee Tang

Mon, May 08, 2017 • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Hutchison Hall 473

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Recent News

Prof. Eisenberg featured in a new series called, "Chemistry in Retrospect"

March 7, 2017

The Sceptical Chymist, a blog from Nature Chemistry​, has a new series called “Chemistry in Retrospect”. Check out their inaugural story which features Professor Rich Eisenberg as he recounts the story behind how his group came to develop parahydrogen-induced polarization NMR techniques as a case study in how curiosity can take fundamental research in new and unexpected directions. It serves as a reminder that sometimes you don’t get what you sought out, and a well-prepared mind can capitalize on that.


Building a better microbial fuel cell, using paper

February 8, 2017

The concept behind microbial fuel cells, which rely on bacteria to generate an electrical current, is more than a century old. But turning that concept into a usable tool has been a long process. Microbial fuel cells, or MFCs, are more promising today than ever, but before their adoption can become widespread, they need to be both cheaper and more efficient.


Austin Bailey wins Research Initiative Award

December 19, 2016

Congratulations to Austin Bailey, who won First Prize in this year's competition for the Research Initiative Award, organized by the Friends of the UR Library.  This annual award recognizes excellence in undergraduate research leading towards a senior thesis, capstone project, or an independent research project.  Applicants must be full-time undergraduate students enrolled at the University of Rochester and be interested in working towards a senior thesis, capstone project, or an independent research project.


Upcoming Departmental Events

Undergraduate Advising Week: Fall 2017

Mon, March 27, 2017 • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Hutch - Varied Locations

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Senior Thesis Poster Session 2017

Fri, May 05, 2017 • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Robert B. Goergen Hall, Munnerlyn Atrium

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Chemistry Department Diploma Ceremony 2017

Sun, May 21, 2017 • 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
May Room, Wilson Commons

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