Research Areas

Analytical Chemistry

Research topics in this area include bioanalytical chemistry; proteomics; atmospheric chemistry; new analytical techniques and instrumentation; analytical chemistry of surfaces and interfaces of materials; mass spectrometry; single-cell assaying; chemical separations; electrochemical techniques; nanostructured sensors; development of analytical techniques; trace analysis of materials interfaces; X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy; natural products.

Inorganic and Bioinorganic Chemistry

Research topics in this area include coordination chemistry; organometallics; transition metal and f-block chemistry; supramolecular metal complexes; coordination polymers; medicinal inorganic chemistry; catalysis; metals in biology; paramagnetic metal-complexes; metalloproteins; spectroscopy; solid state chemistry; transition metal oxides; phthalocyanines.

Chemical Biology and Medicinal Chemistry

Research topics in this area include structural and mechanistic bioorganic and bioinorganic chemistry; molecular physiology; study of diseases; drug, diagnostic, and vaccine design; bio-organic reactions; protein modeling; enzyme and DNAzyme activity and genetic libraries; glycobiology; insect chemical ecology; proteomics; total synthesis; medicinal chemistry; nuclear medicinal chemistry; medicinal inorganic chemistry; natural products; high throughput screening; bioinformatics; antibiotic discovery; nucleic acid amplification tests; single-cell assaying.

Organic and Synthetic Chemistry

Research topics in this area include chiral synthesis; total synthesis; natural product chemistry; organic materials; method development; fluorination; organocatalysis; radiolabeled compound synthesis.

Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

Research topics in this area include polymer science; laser spectroscopy; electron dynamics; surface and interface science; solid state materials; free radical chemistry; supercritical fluids; surface and interface science; electrocatalysis; gas evolution reactions; properties of nanomaterials.

Materials Chemistry and Materials Science

Research topics in this area include solid state materials; polymers; liquid crystals; supramolecular materials; porous materials; nanostructures;  microfluidics; nanofluidics; nanomaterials synthesis ; materials synthesis; fuel cells; molecular electronics; photonics; chemical sensors; data storage and circuitry; electro/photochromism; lithography; magnetism; microelectronics; non-linear optics; piezo-/ferroelectrics; surface science; organic electronics; electron microscopy; battery materials; electrocatalysis; metal-coordination polymers; emissive and birefringent materials.

Nuclear Science and Radiochemistry

Research topics in this area include subatomic physics; stable and radioactive ion beams; nuclear astrochemistry; radiation detectors and instrumentation; muonium chemistry; nuclear fission; nucleosynthesis;  nuclear shapes and symmetries; nuclear medicinal chemistry; radiopharmaceutical science; nuclear medicine; nuclear structure; nuclear reactions.

Chemical Education

Research topics in this area include experiential learning; just-in-time feedback; fostering critical thinking; an engaged learning experience; general public, undergraduate chemistry; chemical education research; demonstrations; laboratory instruction; lecture instruction; curriculum; outreach; safety/hazards; communication/writing; hands-on learning/manipulatives; green chemistry.