• 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Erin Carlson with two of her researchers

    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 in 2014-2015. Our research focuses on solving society's most important human health, energy, and environmental problems.

  • 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. 

  • Christy Haynes lights up the methane bubbles.

    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.

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

Recent Updates

  • Professor Ian Tonks 2017
    02/21/17

    Professor Ian Tonks receives prestigious Sloan Research Fellowship

    Ian Tonks, assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry, has been awarded a prestigious Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship in Chemistry for 2017....More »

  • Image for GAS-PDFT generalized active space pair-density functional theory, which is a promising new kind of density functional theory.
    02/17/17
    New method for modeling large, conjugated open-shell organic molecules.More »
  • Debbie Schneiderman, Ph.D., thesis award winner
    02/14/17
    Debbie Schneiderman, Ph.D., receives 2016 Doctoral Thesis Excellence Award.More »
  • American Chemical Society National Meeting in San Francisco, April 2017
    02/09/17
    Chemistry Alumni & Friends Breakfast.More »
  • 02/06/17
    Philippe Buhlmann named a 3M Alumni Professor.More »