• Professor Erin Carlson with researchers in her lab

    Leading Research

    Research performed by our faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, and post-doctoral associates resulted in nearly $19 million in research expenditures in 2016-17. 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 are at the top of their fields and include three Regents Professors, two National Academy of Sciences & American Academy of Arts & Sciences members, 12 University Distinguished McKnight Professors, and 14 editors of 17 top chemistry journals. 

  • Professor Kenneth Leopold teaching

    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.

  • 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, 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
  • Chemical safety leader
  • Outreach engages thousands
  • Committed to diversity

Recent Updates

  • Graphic for article on chemistry's mental health initiatives

    Mental health initiative published in education journal

    An article on the Department of Chemistry's ongoing work to address stress and mental health in graduate school has been published as an ASAP article in...More »

  • Connie Lu's research on Stable Dihydrogen Complexes of Cobalt(−I) Suggest an Inverse trans-Influence of Lewis Acidic Group 13 Metalloligands
    Professor Lu's research on cobalt featured in JACS virtual issue.More »
  • Logo for the ACS National Meeting in Boston, August 2018
    Chemistry Alumni & Friends Breakfast, Aug. 21, 2018.More »
  • Graduate Student Xiao Xiao works on Domino HDDA reaction.
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  • Professor Christopher Douglas research graphic on acylation
    Iridium catalysts rewrite the rules for aromatic acylation.More »