• Erin Carlson with two of her researchers

    Leading Research

    Research performed by our faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, and post-doctoral associates resulted in more than $17.31 million in research expenditures in 2014-2015. Our research focuses on solving society's most important human health, energy, and environmental problems.

  • Regents Professor Timothy Lodge

    Outstanding faculty

    Our faculty are at the top of their fields and include three Regents Professors, two National Academy of Sciences & American Academy of Arts & Sciences members, nine University Distinguished McKnight Professors, and 12 editors of top chemistry journals. 

  • Professor Michelle Driessen teaches her hybrid online course.

    Forefront teaching methods

    Our forefront teaching methods include online learning, flipped classrooms, problem-based and guided-inquiry laboratories, and specialty analytical, biochemistry, and polymer laboratories. Fifteen faculty members have won teaching awards.

  • Christy Haynes lights up the methane bubbles.

    Outreach engages thousands

    Our dynamic, engaging, informative outreach activities, ranging from Energy and U that reaches more than 13,000 elementary students annually, to Cool Chemistry, which brings middle school girls to campus for hands-on experiments and demonstration, to environmental education displays at the State Fair, and experiments in classrooms and libraries throughout the Twin Cities, inspire people of all ages to think about the impact on chemistry in their daily lives.

  • Two female students in Jane Wissinger's lab.

    Committed to diversity

    We are united in the belief that diversity in all of its forms is good. Collaboration among people of all cultures and backgrounds enhances our experience as scientists and contributes to excellence in teaching, learning, and research. We strive to promote a climate that celebrates our differences and strengthens our department by embracing and working to increase our diversity.

  • Leading Research
  • Outstanding faculty
  • Forefront teaching methods
  • Outreach engages thousands
  • Committed to diversity

Recent Updates

  • Lee Penn

    Passion and commitment to diversity earn Professor Penn the prestigious Charlotte Striebel Equity Award

    Professor Lee Penn’s passion and commitment for diversity and equity have earned her the prestigious Charlotte Striebel Equity Award for 2016-17. This...More »

  • Timothy Lodge
    Regents Professor Timothy Lodge elected Fellow of American Academy of Arts & Sciences.More »
  • Mike Casey at his workstation.
    Mike Casey retires after 23+ years working behind-the-scenes to keep department's technology working.More »
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  • Gary Brudvig
    Alumnus Gary Brudvig receives Outstanding Achievement Award.More »