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Department of Chemistry

Research

With award winning faculty and groundbreaking research, Penn State chemistry is consistently ranked as one of the top departments in the nation. 

Analytical

We push the limits of analytical science through cutting-edge instrumentation and detailed fundamental studies for medicine, energy, and the atmosphere.

Analytical

Biological

We are engaged in ground-breaking research at the interface of chemistry and biology, including bioinorganic, biophysical, and computational biology.

biological

Energy and Environment

We address questions of how chemicals in our environment impact climate and health and the how energy needs of the future will be met.

energy environment

Inorganic

We study the chemistry of the elements, with strong interdisciplinary efforts in inorganic materials, nanoscience, metalloenzymes, active matter, and catalysis.

inorganic

Materials

Faculty explore a diversity of interdisciplinary research areas aimed at understanding the relationship between chemical structure, dynamics, and material properties.

materials

Organic

We have a modern organic chemistry group with interests that include synthesis, methodology, polymers, electrochemistry, bioorganic, and organic materials.

organic

Physical

We advance the frontiers of emerging and traditional areas of physical chemistry research, including spectroscopy, computation, dynamics, and biophysics.

physical

Theoretical

We have a tradition of excellence in theory and computational chemistry that includes basic theory, electronic structure, statistical mechanics, and multiscale modeling.

theoretical
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Institutes and Centers

Faculty members in the Department of Chemistry actively participate in several interdisciplinary institutes and centers at Penn State. These collaborations strengthen the research program at Penn State and provide additional training opportunities for our graduate students.