Chemistry

Science may set limits to knowledge, but should not set limits to imagination. —Bertrand Russell

Chemistry—MS, PhD

Fast Facts

  • Chemistry students have coauthored over thirty publications in the past two years.
  • Research funding has more than tripled in three years.
  • Many students (close to one-third in recent years) present their research at national meetings.
  • Departmental research is supported by diverse agencies, including NSF, NIH, USDA,and EPA.
  • Nobel laureate Melvin Calvin was an alumnus of Michigan Tech’s Department of Chemistry.

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Graduate Programs in Chemistry

The Department of Chemistry offers research-based programs leading to Master of Science and PhD degrees in Chemistry, giving talented, motivated students the chance to make discoveries in chemical science and related disciplines. Current Michigan Tech undergraduate students can earn a MS degree with just a single year of study beyond the BS through the Accelerated Master's Program. The department also collaborates with the Department of Cognitive and Learning Sciences to offer a Peace Corps Master's International Program in Applied Science Education which allows students to combine service in the Peace Corps with an MS degree.

The chemistry department maintains modern analytical instruments, including a 400 MHz nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer, a gas chromatograph/mass spectrometer, and an electrospray mass spectrometer. Gas, liquid, and supercritical fluid chromatographs, and UV-Vis, atomic absorption, fluorescence, and FTIR spectrometers are also available.

Our students conduct breakthrough research in areas as diverse as molecular probes in medicinal chemistry; design of chiral ligands and synthesis of combinatorial libraries; bio-organic projects; mutational analysis of proteins and chemical synthesis of inhibitors; synthesis and analysis of ultrasensitive fluorescent probes; polymer synthesis and testing related to nanoparticles, nanofibers, and bio-composites; vibrational spectroscopy of solid-state structure; theoretical/ computational chemistry projects on nanoscale materials and phase equilibria in complex systems; and the development of quantum chemistry methods.

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