Research Overview

Research in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry broadly spans the core areas of chemistry including analytical, biological, inorganic, organic and physical chemistry, as well as multidisciplinary areas such as biophysics, catalysis, chemical physics, energy, environmental science, materials, nanoscience, and spectroscopy.  Over 45 tenure-track faculty are primarily appointed in the department.  Twelve new faculty have joined in the past 5 years, including an Ohio Eminent Scholar (Bern Kohler), Ohio Research Scholar (Rafael Bruschweiler), and ten junior faculty.

The department has superior research facilities, both adjacent to other physical science and engineering departments on the north end of campus, including the new Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering and Chemistry Building, McPherson Lab, Newman & Wolfrom Lab, and Celeste Lab, and adjacent to other biological science departments and the Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy on the south end of campus, including the Biological Sciences Building and the Riffe Building.

There are outstanding core facilities in the department for NMR and other analytical spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, biophysical characterization, laser spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, surface characterization, and IR/Raman microscopy.  There are on-site electronics and machine shops, computer support, and glassblowing.  On-campus resources, partially housed in Chemistry & Biochemistry buildings, include the Campus Chemical Instrument Center with high-field NMR for biological applications, mass spectrometry and proteomics, and X-ray diffraction for biomolecules.  The Ohio Supercomputer Center and Nanotech West Lab house additional superior infrastructure.  

Faculty Directory (Sortable by Division)
Faculty Research Interests (Alphabetical by Faculty Name)

Faculty By Primary Research Area

Analytical Spectroscopy & Spectrometry

Bioinorganic Chemistry

Chemical Biology



Experimental Physical Chemistry & Spectroscopy

Inorganic Materials

Inorganic Synthesis

Molecular Biology

Molecular Biophysics & Structural Biology

Organic Materials

Organic Synthesis

Physical Inorganic Chemistry

Physical Organic Chemistry

Separation Science

Theory & Computation