Faculty Research Labs
Many faculty members engage undergraduates in their research. Students must apply to a research faculty to be accepted for enrollment in Loading.... Undergraduates work closely with their faculty mentors, and in some cases experienced Masters students, to answer interesting scientific questions.
Environmental Chemistry - use of traditional analytical tools and state-of-the-art synchrotron based (spectro)microscopy characterization studies to investigate environmental geochemistry problems due to climate change with a focus on metal-organic interactions and greenhouse gas emission at terrestrial-aquatic ecosystems.
Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry - development of lanthanide complexes for prostate cancer diagnosis, and image-guided tumor resection via Magnetic Resonance and Optical Imaging properties.
Physical Chemistry - high-temperature reactions and spectroscopic characterization of reaction intermediates important to atmospheric and combustion chemistry, especially focusing on biofuel molecules.
Synthetic Organic Chemistry – synthesis and evaluation of "turn-off" cytotoxins as a way to increase the tolerability of anti-cancer chemotherapies.
Physical-Organic Chemistry - Synthesis and physical characterization of photoactive assemblies prepared through self-assembly to mimic solar energy processes.
Bioinorganic Chemistry – use of calorimetry and spectrophotometry to quantify and probe metal-specific interactions with antimicrobial peptides for use in therapeutic design.
Biochemistry - thermodynamic and kinetic analyses of ATP Binding Cassette transporters — membrane proteins that regulate the cellular intake of nutrients and export of toxins — using a variety of biochemical and biophysical approaches.
How to Sign-Up
- Complete, or have almost completed, Organic Chemistry II Loading... and Loading....
- Find an available lab and meet with faculty during office hours.
- Attend chemistry department faculty research seminars.
Typically, but not always, students begin working in a research lab during the summer months.
All majors accepted for research in the department must sign up for at least 1 unit of Loading... during the fall or spring semester.
Other Research Opportunities
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Provides REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) opportunities.