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College of Arts and Sciences Department of Chemistry

Focus Areas

Chemistry of Biological Systems involves study of the reactivity in biological systems, and application of chemical techniques to understand and manipulate the molecules in living systems. In our department, faculty are exploring aspects of

  • Protein molecular recognition/interactions and foldamer interactions
  • Molecular design & synthesis of drugs and their metabolic disposition
  • Neurochemistry of small molecules, their receptors, and transporters
  • Separations and mass spectrometry for proteomics and metabolomics

 For graduate training in the Chemistry of Biological Systems, follow this link

Chemistry of Materials is understanding the atomistic basis of materials synthesis, properties, and behavior, and the application of such information to improve materials performance.  Many of the chemistry faculty in the area also participate in the Materials Science program at Washington State University.  Research efforts are focused on:

  • Self-assembling nanostructures
  • Catalytic or magnetic materials, semiconductors, and ceramic composites
  • Stimuli-responsive poly materials and nanoparticles

Chemistry of Energy and the Environment emphasizes the chemistry that sustains and enhances energy cycles, and addresses the impact of energy production on environmental quality.  Research opportunities include:

  • Solar photoconversion and energy storage
  • Separations to support advance fuel cycles
  • Actinide geochemistry