Skip to main content
banner photo
Department of Chemistry
Research

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

Analytical

We push the limits of measurement science through the development of cutting-edge instrumentation and detailed fundamental science with applicability to medicine, energy, and the atmosphere.

Analytical
Biological

We have a rich history of research at the interface of Chemistry and Biology.  Faculty are engaged in ground-breaking research in bioinorganic, biophysical, and computational biology.

biological
Energy and Environment

The intersection of energy and the environment has been a long-standing interest within the department. Researchers address questions of how chemicals in our environment impact climate and health and how energy needs of the future will be met.

energy environment
Inorganic

We have one of the leading Inorganic Chemistry groups in the world. Faculty research interests include traditional areas, as well as strong interdisciplinary efforts in inorganic materials, nanoscience, metalloenzymes, active matter, and catalysis.

inorganic
Materials

The Department of Chemistry has a diversity of interdisciplinary research spanning the interface between materials and chemical fields.

materials
Organic

We have a strong legacy in organic synthesis, including methodology development and target-oriented synthesis. Current organic research interests include synthesis, methodology, polymers, electrochemistry, bioorganic chemistry, and organic materials.

organic
Physical

Penn State chemistry advances the frontiers of emerging and traditional areas of physical chemistry research.

physical
Theoretical

We have a long tradition of excellence in theory and computational chemistry.  Interests span basic theory, electronic structure, statistical mechanics, and multiscale modeling, which are leading to breakthroughs in medicine, electrochemistry, and optical imaging.

theoretical
MILLENIUM SCIENCE
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.