Research

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 Materials and Biomedical Research, with many faculty being associated with both of these research initiatives.

 Materials Research Initiative

 The Materials Research Initiative aims to advance 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.

 Biomedical Research Initiative

 The Biomedical Research Initiative aims to advance our molecular understanding of human disease, as well as to develop novel diagnostic and therapeutic tools. Research focuses on various human pathologies, including cancer, neurodegenerative, metabolic and inflammatory diseases. This fundamental research into the molecular basis of human disease is complemented by drug screening and discovery of therapeutic compounds from natural (marine) organisms and through synthesis.

 

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