Graduate School

Chemistry—MS, PhD

This program is available to current Michigan Tech students as an accelerated Master's degree.

It's elemental. In Michigan Technological University's Department of Chemistry, the emphasis is on creating the personalized environment necessary for you to tackle some of the toughest research questions. Just a few of the project options include the development of biomolecular nanoparticles, pathogen invasion, and understanding the relationship between protein misfolding/aggregation and disease processes. Challenges equal to your dedication and enthusiasm are waiting.

What you'll work on

From chemical catalysis and measurement, to structure, dynamics, and mechanisms, your research focus can be boundless. Specialties include education, life processes, environmental, macromolecular, supramolecular, and nanochemistry as well as theory, models, and computational methods. Our focus is interdisciplinary and collaborative.

Sample Areas of Interest

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Chemical Synthesis
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Nanotechnology

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Who you'll work with

You'll work collaboratively with faculty who are tops in their fields, professors who will become mentors and partners in your exploration and education. Our graduate students interact closely with a faculty advisor in research groups of two to six people and you research will often be interdisciplinary in nature.

Faculty Spotlight

Marina Tanasova

Marina Tanasova
Assistant Professor,

"Working on the interface between chemistry and biology–our approach to solving challenging problems in health research."

Tanasova develops molecular probes and biochemical assay for identifying and understanding links between impaired biological mechanisms and cancer. She relies on chemical biology to understand molecular interactions that control cellular equilibrium and uses synthetic organic chemistry to produce small molecules to monitor and adjust impaired biochemical processes.


Where you'll work

We maintain top-notch teaching and computer laboratories including studio, organic, analytical, instrumental, physical chemistry, inorganic, and biochemistry labs with a vast array of research equipment such as the MALDI-TOF Bruker Micro ex LRF mass spectrometer system, an ABI 394, 8-base/4-column DNA/RNA Synthesizer, and an LC-MS Thermo Finnigan LCQ Advantage Ion-Trap used to separate and identify molecules among many others.