Faculty by Research Area
Analytical chemists use their knowledge of chemistry, instrumentation, computer and
statistics to solve problems in almost all areas of chemistry and for a variety
of industries. Their measurements can be used to assure the safety and quality
of food, pharmaceuticals, and water; to assure compliance with environmental
and other regulations; to support the legal process; to help physicians diagnose
diseases; and to provide measurements and documentation essential to trade and
Chemical education refers to the study of the teaching and learning of chemistry
in school at all levels of education. Topics include understanding how students
learn chemistry, the best teaching methods and the training of chemistry teachers.
Forensic chemists analyze non-biological trace evidence found at crime scenes in
order to identify unknown materials and match samples to known substances. They
use criminalistics, the qualitative examination of evidence using microscopy
and spot testing, and analytical toxicology that looks for evidence in body fluids
through a range of instrumental techniques from optical methods to separations
Inorganic chemists study the synthesis, reactions, structures and properties of compounds
of the elements.
Nanoscience is the study of atoms, molecules and objects on the scale of nanometers.
Organic, Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry
Organic Chemistry is the section of chemistry dealing with the structure, properties
and reactions of molecules that contain carbon atoms.
Physical and Biophysical Chemistry
Physical chemists study how matter behaves on molecular and atomic levels, as well
as how chemical reactions occur. Biophysical chemists use the concepts of physics
and physical chemistry for the study of biological systems.