The department's research spans all of the traditional areas of Chemistry and Biochemistry. The five divisional areas are Analytical Chemistry, Biochemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, and Physical Chemistry.
Major topics in analytical chemistry research include analytical spectroscopy, electrochemistry, mass spectrometry, and separation science.
Biochemistry research in the department spans chemical biology, enzymology, molecular biology, molecular biophysics, and structural biology.
Inorganic chemistry research includes bioinorganic chemistry, inorganic materials, physical inorganic chemistry, and synthetic inorganic chemistry.
Research in organic chemistry includes chemical biology, organic materials, organic synthesis, and physical organic chemistry.
Physical chemistry research topics encompass atomspheric and environmental chemistry, computational chemistry, molecular biophysics and structural biology, NMR spectroscopy, theoretical chemistry, ultrafast laser spectroscopy, and other experimental physical chemistry.