• 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 Erin Carlson with researchers in her lab

    Leading Research

    Research performed by our faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, and post-doctoral associates resulted in more than $18 million in research expenditures in 2017-18. Our research focuses on solving society's most important human health, energy, and environmental problems.

  • 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.

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

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