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    Diversity & Inclusion

    Our mission is to leverage the transformative power of equity and diversity to advance excellence in teaching, research, and community engagement in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Minnesota. Check out the work of the Chemistry Diversity & Inclusion Committee, initiatives and resources.

  • 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.

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    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.

  • 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.

  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Leading Research
  • Outstanding faculty
  • Forefront teaching methods
  • Chemical safety leader
  • Outreach engages thousands

Recent Updates

  • 08/14/20

    Christopher Cramer receives ACS Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award

    Christopher J. Cramer has received a 2021 American Chemical Society (ACS) Arthur C. Cope Late Career Scholar Award, recognized for his excellence in...More »

  • Alumna Angela Wilson
    08/12/20
    Alumna Angela Wilson receives Outstanding Achievement Award.More »
  • Portrait of Professor Jason Goodpaster
    07/28/20
    Professor Goodpaster receives Machine Learning award.More »
  • Rebeca Rodriguez web photo
    08/10/20
    Rebeca Rodriguez receives WCC Merck Research Award.More »
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    08/05/20
    'Metalloenzyme mastery' features Professor Que.More »