• Professor Erin Carlson with researchers in her lab

    Leading Research

    More than $18 million in annual expenditures results in research by graduate students, undergraduate students, and post-doctoral associates. Our research focuses on solving society's most important human health, energy, and environmental problems.

  • Professor Renee Frontiera in her laser lab

    Outstanding faculty

    Our faculty members are at the top of their fields. We have 3 Regents Professors, 1 National Academy of Sciences member, 2 American Academy of Arts & Sciences members, 10 University Distinguished McKnight Professors, 2 McKnight Presidential Endowed Chairs, 16 UMN Academy of Distinguished Teachers, 17 CSE Distinguished Professors, and 11 journal editors. 

  • Professor Kenneth Leopold teaching

    Forefront teaching methods

    Our forefront teaching methods include online learning, flipped classrooms, and problem-based and guided-inquiry laboratories. We offer an analytical curriculum and laboratory, special polymer and advanced chemical biology laboratories, and a chemistry of life sciences sequence of lectures and labs. Sixteen faculty are Academy of Distinguished Teachers members.

  • 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.

  • Student wearing proper PPE in Erin Carlson's lab

    Chemical safety leader

    We are a leader in academic chemical safety and are committed to empowering researchers in developing best practices and safe operating procedures.

  • Middle School girls learn about energy at Cool Chemistry 2017

    Outreach engages thousands

    Our dynamic, engaging, and informative outreach activities inspire people of all ages to think about the impact on chemistry on their daily lives. Our outreach encompasses a range of activities, including shows, workshops, demonstrations, hands-on experiment activities, and teaching at a variety of different venues on campus and in our communities.

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

Recent Updates

  • 04/23/20

    Professor Gagliardi elected Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

    McKnight Presidential Endowed Chair Laura Gagliardi has been elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS). The Academy honors...More »

  • Jiayi He
    Jiayi He awarded EAS research award.More »
  • Undergraduate Meghan Cahill working in the lab.
    Meghan Cahill receives President's Student Leadership & Service Award.More »
  • 04/29/20
    Professor Massari receives COGS Outstanding Adviser Award.More »
  • portrait of Professor Lee Penn
    Lee Penn receives 2020 George W. Taylor Award for Distinguished Service.More »