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Using sound waves for biomedical breakthroughs

Sound waves could be the future of biomedical research, diagnosing and treatment. Peng Li, an assistant professor in the chemistry department assisted a team of researchers to develop an acoustic device that uses sound waves to split cells. This could eventually assist medical professionals during diagnoses and examinations.
Sound waves

The sound of silence

Cicada Wing

A new analysis suggests that cicadas are lousy fliers because of the chemical composition of their wings.  I n a study appearing the ACS’ The Journal of Physical Chemistry B, scientists report that certain chemical components in the insect’s wings could explain why.



How cicadas manage to ‘wing it’

Chemical Echo

Professors Ken Showalter and Mark Tinsley have observed an echo phenomenon in a system of coupled chemical oscillators. Their research is published Physical Review X.  

Chemical Echo 

Analytical Chemistry

Analytical chemistry uses knowledge of chemistry, instrumentation, and statistics to solve problems in almost all areas of chemistry and for a variety of industries.

Analytical Chemistry Faculty

Chemical Eduction

Chemical education refers to the study of the teaching and learning of chemistry at all levels of education. Topics include understanding how students learn chemistry, the best teaching methods and the training of chemistry teachers. 

Chemical Education Faculty

Forensic chemistry

Forensic chemistry is about the analysis of non-biological trace evidence found at crime scenes in order to identify unknown materials and match samples to known substances.

Forensic Chemistry Faculty

Inorganic chemistry

Inorganic chemistry studies the synthesis, reactions, structures, and properties of inorganic and organometallic compounds.

Inorganic Chemistry Faculty


Research in chemical catalysis aims at designing new classes of catalysts and understanding  how catalysts accelerate chemical reactions and select reaction products. 

Catalysis Faculty

Organic, Bioorganic, and Medicinal Chemistry

Organic Chemistry investigates the structure, properties, and reactions of molecules containing carbon atoms.   

Organic Chemistry Faculty

Physical and Biophysical Chemistry

Physical chemistry is the study of the behavior of matter at the molecular and atomic level, as well as how chemical reactions occur. Biophysical chemistry uses the concepts of physics and physical chemistry for the study of biological systems.   

Physical Chemistry Faculty


Nanoscience is the study of matter on the scale of nanometers.  

Nanoscience Faculty