Our preeminent faculty members are some of the top chemists in their fields as well as outstanding teachers and mentors. Current Department of Chemistry faculty members include nine Distinguished McKnight University Professors, three Regents Professors, one McKnight Presidential Endowed Chair, two members of the National Academy of Sciences, 12 editors of leading chemistry and scientific journals, and 15 members of the University of Minnesota’s Academy of Distinguished Teachers.

Chemistry Faculty

  • Edgar A. Arriaga
    Professor
    • Analytical & Bioanalytical Chemistry
    • Chemical Biology
  • George Barany
    Distinguished McKnight University Professor
    • Chemical Biology
    • Organic Chemistry
  • David A. Blank
    3M/Alumni Professor, Distinguished University Teaching Professor, Director of Undergraduate Studies
    • Experimental Physical Chemistry
    • Nanoscience & Materials Chemistry
    • Chemical Physics
    • Energy & Catalysis
  • Michael T. Bowser
    Professor
    • Analytical & Bioanalytical Chemistry
    • Chemical Biology
  • Phil Buhlmann
    3M/Alumni Professor, Distinguished University Teaching Professor, Director of Graduate Studies
    • Analytical & Bioanalytical Chemistry
    • Environmental & Green Chemistry
    • Nanoscience & Materials Chemistry
    • Chemical Physics
  • Erin E. Carlson
    Associate Professor
    • Chemical Biology
    • Organic Chemistry
    • Analytical & Bioanalytical Chemistry
    • Nanoscience & Materials Chemistry
    • Environmental & Green Chemistry
  • Peter W. Carr
    Distinguished University Teaching Professor
    • Analytical & Bioanalytical Chemistry
    • Environmental & Green Chemistry
    • Nanoscience & Materials Chemistry
  • Christopher J. Cramer
    Distinguished McKnight University Professor, Distinguished University Teaching Professor
    • Energy & Catalysis
    • Chemical Theory & Computation
    • Environmental & Green Chemistry
  • Mark D. Distefano
    Distinguished McKnight University Professor, Distinguished University Teaching Professor
    • Chemical Biology
    • Organic Chemistry
  • Christopher J. Douglas
    Associate Professor
    • Organic Chemistry
    • Nanoscience & Materials Chemistry
    • Energy & Catalysis
    • Inorganic & Organometallic Chemistry
  • Michelle Driessen
    Professor, General Chemistry Director
  • John E. Ellis
    Professor
    • Inorganic & Organometallic Chemistry
  • Renee Frontiera
    Assistant Professor
    • Analytical & Bioanalytical Chemistry
    • Nanoscience & Materials Chemistry
    • Chemical Biology
    • Experimental Physical Chemistry
    • Chemical Physics
    • Energy & Catalysis
  • Laura Gagliardi
    Distinguished McKnight University Professor
    • Chemical Physics
    • Chemical Theory & Computation
    • Inorganic & Organometallic Chemistry
    • Nanoscience & Materials Chemistry
    • Energy & Catalysis
  • Jiali Gao
    Professor
    • Chemical Biology
    • Chemical Physics
    • Chemical Theory & Computation
    • Organic Chemistry
    • Energy & Catalysis
  • Wayne L. Gladfelter
    College of Science and Engineering Distinguished Professor
    • Inorganic & Organometallic Chemistry
    • Nanoscience & Materials Chemistry
    • Energy & Catalysis
  • Jason Goodpaster
    Assistant Professor
    • Chemical Physics
    • Chemical Theory & Computation
    • Energy & Catalysis
    • Nanoscience & Materials Chemistry
  • Christy L. Haynes
    Elmore H. Northey Professor and Vice-Chair
    • Nanoscience & Materials Chemistry
    • Analytical & Bioanalytical Chemistry
    • Chemical Biology
    • Inorganic & Organometallic Chemistry
    • Environmental & Green Chemistry
    • Chemical Physics
  • Marc A. Hillmyer
    McKnight Presidential Endowed Chair, Distinguished University Teaching Professor, Center for Sustainable Polymers Director
    • Polymer Chemistry
    • Nanoscience & Materials Chemistry
    • Organic Chemistry
    • Environmental & Green Chemistry
    • Energy & Catalysis
  • Thomas R. Hoye
    Distinguished University Teaching Professor
    • Organic Chemistry
    • Polymer Chemistry
    • Chemical Biology
    • Environmental & Green Chemistry
    • Inorganic & Organometallic Chemistry
    • Nanoscience & Materials Chemistry
  • James Johns
    Assistant Professor
    • Experimental Physical Chemistry
    • Nanoscience & Materials Chemistry
    • Chemical Physics
    • Energy & Catalysis
  • Steven R. Kass
    L.I. Smith Professor
    • Organic Chemistry
    • Analytical & Bioanalytical Chemistry
    • Chemical Theory & Computation
    • Experimental Physical Chemistry
  • Doreen Geller Leopold
    Associate Professor, Distinguished University Teaching Professor
    • Chemical Physics
    • Experimental Physical Chemistry
  • Ken R. Leopold
    Morse-Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor, Taylor Distinguished Teaching Professor
    • Chemical Physics
    • Environmental & Green Chemistry
    • Inorganic Chemistry
    • Physical Chemistry
  • Timothy P. Lodge
    Regents Professor, Distinguished McKnight University Professor, College of Science & Engineering Distinguished Professor
    • Nanoscience & Materials Chemistry
    • Polymer Chemistry
    • Experimental Physical Chemistry
  • Connie C. Lu
    Associate Professor
    • Inorganic & Organometallic Chemistry
    • Organic Chemistry
    • Environmental & Green Chemistry
    • Energy & Catalysis
  • Kent R. Mann
    Distinguished University Teaching Professor, College of Science & Engineering Distinguished Professor
    • Nanoscience & Materials Chemistry
    • Inorganic & Organometallic Chemistry
  • Aaron M. Massari
    Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Studies for Chemical Physics
    • Nanoscience & Materials Chemistry
    • Chemical Physics
    • Polymer Chemistry
    • Experimental Physical Chemistry
    • Energy & Catalysis
  • Lee Penn
    Distinguished University Teaching Professor, Institute on the Environment Resident Fellow
    • Experimental Physical Chemistry
    • Nanoscience & Materials Chemistry
    • Environmental & Green Chemistry
  • Angela Perkins
    Assistant Professor
  • Valerie C. Pierre
    Associate Professor
    • Inorganic & Organometallic Chemistry
    • Analytical & Bioanalytical Chemistry
    • Chemical Biology
    • Organic Chemistry
  • William C. Pomerantz
    Assistant Professor, McKnight Land-Grant Professorship
    • Chemical Biology
    • Organic Chemistry
    • Analytical & Bioanalytical Chemistry
  • Larry Que
    Regents Professor, Distinguished University Teaching Professor
    • Inorganic & Organometallic Chemistry
    • Chemical Biology
    • Environmental & Green Chemistry
    • Energy & Catalysis
  • Theresa M. Reineke
    Lloyd H. Reyerson Professor
    • Nanoscience & Materials Chemistry
    • Chemical Biology
    • Polymer Chemistry
  • J. Ilja Siepmann
    Distinguished McKnight University Professor, Distinguished University Teaching Professor, Merck Professor in Chemistry
    • Chemical Physics
    • Chemical Theory & Computation
    • Environmental & Green Chemistry
    • Nanoscience & Materials Chemistry
    • Energy & Catalysis
    • Analytical & Bioanalytical Chemistry
  • Andreas Stein
    Distinguished McKnight University Professor, Merck Professor in Chemistry
    • Inorganic & Organometallic Chemistry
    • Nanoscience & Materials Chemistry
    • Experimental Physical Chemistry
    • Energy & Catalysis
  • William B. Tolman
    Distinguished McKnight University Professor, Department Chair
    • Inorganic & Organometallic Chemistry
    • Organic Chemistry
    • Chemical Biology
    • Polymer Chemistry
    • Energy & Catalysis
  • Ian Tonks
    Assistant Professor
    • Inorganic & Organometallic Chemistry
    • Organic Chemistry
    • Polymer Chemistry
    • Environmental & Green Chemistry
    • Energy & Catalysis
  • Joe Topczewski
    Assistant Professor
    • Organic Chemistry
    • Inorganic & Organometallic Chemistry
    • Environmental & Green Chemistry
    • Polymer Chemistry
    • Chemical Biology
  • Don G. Truhlar
    Regents Professor
    • Chemical Physics
    • Chemical Theory & Computation
    • Environmental & Green Chemistry
    • Nanoscience & Materials Chemistry
    • Energy & Catalysis
    • Chemical Biology
  • Gianluigi Veglia
    Professor
    • Chemical Biology
    • Chemical Physics
    • Experimental Physical Chemistry
  • Jane E. Wissinger
    Distinguished University Teaching Professor, Organic Lab Director
    • Environmental & Green Chemistry
    • Organic Chemistry
    • Polymer Chemistry