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Research Opportunities

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Diaz Research

Fabry Research

Ge Research

Johansen Research

Kroll Research

Kurtz Research

Rivera Research

Sorey Research

Yakima Waters Research


Research is the cornerstone of the graduate program in chemistry. As such, faculty are involved in a variety of fundamental research projects in the chemical sciences, and participate in collaborative efforts with other scientists across campus and around the world.

  • Biochemistry: characterization of ·OH radical production in mitochondria; toxicity of aerosol particles.
  • Chemistry Education: misconceptions in learning science; the use of instrumentation and technology in the chemistry lab.
  • Computational Chemistry: molecular dynamics modeling of enzyme inhibitors; computational studies of unusual or unstable molecules.
  • Environmental Chemistry: characterization of aerosol particles and their role in biogeochemical feedback cycles.
  • Materials Science: synthesis and characterization of fluorescent quantum dot materials.
  • Medicinal Chemistry: synthesis and characterization of therapeutically important enzyme inhibitors.
  • Organic Chemistry: synthesis and characterization of highly reactive intermediates such as carbenes.