The Department of Chemistry is housed in the Center for Natural Sciences, a 125,000-square-foot building that features lab space dedicated for student/faculty collaborative research, labs for instruction, and space for an array of modern chemical instrumentation.
Our faculty are currently investigating such research topics as molecular modeling, the conversion of solar energy to electricity, catalysts to make compostable plastics, synthesis and characterization of ionic liquids, and the design of antibacterial and anticancer drugs. Over the last five years, the department has been awarded more than $400,000 in grants from the National Science Foundation, the Research Corporation, and the American Chemical Society to support our research activity.
Our professors encourage and expect student collaboration on these projects. In fact, from their very first year here, our students are in the lab working closely with professors, who in turn encourage students to become as excited about chemistry as they are. Students may even present their research findings at national conferences and coauthor papers for professional journals.