• 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.

  • 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.

  • Professor Renee Frontiera in her laser lab

    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. Our research focuses on solving society's most important human health, energy, and environmental problems.

  • 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.

  • Safety photo demonstrating proper PPE

    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.

  • 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. 

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

Recent Updates

  • General chemistry graphic
    05/24/17

    Six students receive competitive dissertation fellowships

    Six Department of Chemistry graduate students have been awarded highly competitive Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships for the 2017-18 academic year,...More »

  • Always one of the professors' favorite demonstrations is lighting up the methane bubbles.
    05/19/17
    Energy and U explodes off the stage with nearly 6,000 attendees.More »
  • 2017 graduates get ready to celebrate their graduation, Friday, May 12
    05/15/17
    Undergraduate Recognition Reception honors top students and graduates.More »
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    05/25/17
    Altering Nature’s Handiwork—Big Time.More »
  • Cropped version of logo for 2017 Graduate Student Research Symposium
    05/24/17
    16th Annual Chemistry Graduate Student Research Symposium.More »