Our Departmental intellectual strengths include very collegial and high quality faculty, vibrant research on the forefront of science, expanding research facilities, and the integration of both graduate and undergraduate education into our research endeavors.

Chemistry and Biochemistry is traditionally divided into four sub-disciplines, biochemistry/biophysical, physical, organic/bioorganic, and inorganic/bioinorganic. A distinctive characteristic of our department is extensive collaborative interactions among faculty in the different sub disciplines and across departments and divisions, blurring the traditional boundaries and allowing researchers to address a given problem with an arsenal of specialized synthetic, instrumental, and computational strategies. The main strengths of the Department lie in the areas of biophysical/biomedical science and nanomaterials/energy research, and these two areas involve almost all the faculty in the different sub-disciplines.


The biophysical/biomedical group comprises of nationally and internationally recognized mix of senior and younger faculty from all 4 sub-disciplines. The research focuses on various human pathologies, including cancer, neurological, metabolic and inflammatory diseases, as well as drug screening and discovery of therapeutic compounds from natural (marine) organisms and through synthesis. This focus is in line with one of the three major campus priorities, “Human Health and Technology Impact on Society.

Nanomaterials and Energy

The Nanomaterials and Energy research group is targeted for specific energy, sensing and environmental applications. The main focus areas include the design, synthesis and characterization of novel nano-materials and new classes of inorganic materials with unique properties. The goal is fundamental understanding of the properties of these materials and applications in energy conversion, cancer detection, biomedical imaging, catalysis, separations and remediation of environmentally hazardous pollutants.

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