Department of Chemistry
We provide a program that’s flexible enough to meet your specific interests. Through research and co-op opportunities, you’ll put your classroom knowledge into practice to prepare for a wide range of careers.
We encourage you to excel in your graduate studies, to develop and enhance your scientific passion, and to contribute to the scientific community at large.
The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted considerable investigation into how the SARS-CoV-2 Spike protein attaches to a human cell during the infection process, as this knowledge is useful in designing vaccines and therapeutics. Now, a team of scientists has discovered additional locations on the Spike protein that may not only help to explain how certain mutations make emerging variants more infectious but also could be used as additional targets for therapeutic intervention.
Two faculty members have been selected to receive Lab Bench to Commercialization grants from the Eberly College of Science in 2021. This year's grant recipients are Lauren Zarzar, assistant professor of chemistry, and Ganesh Anand, associate professor of chemistry.
Our department offers a rich variety of opportunities and resources. I think you will find the Department of Chemistry at Penn State to be an exceptionally exciting, welcoming, and inclusive place and we hope that you can visit and explore the many opportunities here.
Chemistry graduate student Haley Young has been named a recipient of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (NSF GRFP). An NSF GRFP honorable mention has also been awarded to chemistry graduate student Olivia Peduzzi.
Chemistry Research Areas
We eliminate barriers, creating a dynamic research environment that combines specialities to help address pressing challenges.
Chemistry Research Facilities
The department’s cutting-edge research facilities offer faculty and students powerful tools for innovation.
University Institutes and Centers
Our interdisciplinary institutes and centers strengthen our research offering across the university, while providing meaningful training opportunities for graduate students.
Our faculty are dedicated educators and researchers who are recognized leaders in their fields.