Chemical Physics

Professor Renee Frontiera in laser lab with students
Photo credit
University of Minnesota

Graduate Handbook

Chemical Physics is an interdisciplinary graduate program with faculty from the departments of Chemistry, Physics, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics, and Medicinal Chemistry. 

Research directions of students in this program cover a range of topics, including spectroscopy, molecular collisions, chemical dynamics, quantum mechanics, statistical mechanics, thermodynamics, low-temperature behavior, nanoscience, polymers and macromolecules, surface science, and biochemical and heterogeneous catalysis.

Although it is a stand-alone degree program, students in Chemical Physics are embedded into the culture and activities of their research advisers’ home departments. Students typically take coursework and attend seminars in both chemistry and physics, and and pursue interdisciplinary research at the boundaries of chemistry, physics, materials science, and/or biology. An advantage of the Chemical Physics program is the ability to tailor one’s education and research toward research areas at the edges of traditional programs where disciplines overlap, and by being able to select relevant classes and seminars from a number of different departments.

Chemical Physics Graduate Program
Director of Graduate Studies for Chemical Physics
Professor Renee Frontiera
(612) 624-2501
233 Smith Hall