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The Department of Chemistry offers academic programs to prepare students for a wide variety of challenging careers at the forefront of many scientific fields such as medicine, energy, forensics, food science, materials science, pharmaceuticals, and polymer science. Today’s chemists play a key role in breakthrough research that provides the foundation for protecting our natural resources, developing renewable products and new sources of energy, and discovering medical cures. In addition to teaching future chemists, our department teaches courses to more than 12,000 students each year from a wide variety of academic majors across campus.
Our department’s roots date back to the 1860s when the University of Minnesota was in its early years. Chemistry was then, and continues to be today, a central science that is a foundation for many other disciplines. Our prominent alumni and former faculty include the inventor of synthetic rubber, a pioneer of photography processes at Kodak, the inventor of Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide, and two Nobel Prize winners. More than 50 chemistry alumni have received Outstanding Achievement Awards, the University's highest alumni award.
Our students receive broad training in chemistry’s major subfields, apply modern techniques, and acquire a thorough understanding of tools and theories. Students learn from world-renowned faculty and have access to state-of-the-art equipment needed for top-notch chemical research. After graduating from our internationally recognized chemistry programs, our alumni are prepared for careers in industry, education, or government.
Our faculty and student researchers are on the leading edge of many subfields of chemistry research including theoretical, organic, inorganic, physical, biological, analytical, and environmental chemistry. Our Center for Metals in Biocatalysis aims to understand the key role metal ions play in biochemical processes. Our Center for Sustainable Polymers integrates science and technology with public policy to find alternatives to traditional plastics. Our Nanoporous Materials Genome Center develops high-end computational tools important to energy and environmental research. The Center for the Study of Charge Transfer and Charge Transport in Photoactivated Systems is developing software tools critical to solar energy research.Researchers also are conducting medical, pharmaceutical, and materials research in collaboration with the University’s world-class medical school and top-ranked science and engineering programs.
Our department has ties to many major corporations such as 3M, Ecolab, General Mills, Dupont, Dow, and others. Our researchers also receive significant funding from government organizations such as the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.
Department of Chemistry
College of Science and Engineering
University of Minnesota
139 Smith Hall
207 Pleasant St. S.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Phone: (612) 624-6000
Fax: (612) 626-7541
337 undergraduate students
215 master’s and Ph.D. students