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Research

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Research is an extraordinary opportunity to work closely with a faculty member as early as your freshman year. It’s hands-on student engagement — guiding you through the process of discovery.

The laboratories in Hickey Hall are for students working with faculty members in the depart​ments of biology, chemistry and biochemistry, and engineering-physics-systems. The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry has two large, flexible, multi-user labs — one for chemical synthesis and the other for chemical measurement. Research opportunities are available during the academic year for credit and during the summer months for paid compensation.

​The research interests of the chemistry faculty are constantly changing and developing. Here are some areas of current research interest with which chemistry majors can become involved.

  • ​Design and synthesis of supramolecular compounds to facilitate the transport of biologically relevant molecules through lipid membranes
  • Synthesis and characterization of novel organometallic compounds
  • Lipid membrane surface chemistry
  • Computational organic chemistry
  • ​Molecular modeling of iminosugar inhibitors of carbohydrate-processing enzymes

The results of these original research projects are often presented by students and faculty at regional and national meetings of the professional societies. ​​

Instruments

Below are a few examples of the instrumentation housed in our labs​.

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 Chemistry & Biochemistry Blog

Follow some of our research students who are navigating life in the chemistry lab  gaining hands-on training directed by faculty members.​