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The Eberly College of Science

Department of Chemistry



Endless opportunities.

Chem 111 students

We provide a program that’s flexible enough to meet your specific interests. Through research and co-op opportunities, you’ll put your classroom knowledge into practice to prepare for a wide range of careers.

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Our graduate program boasts a unique educational opportunity, allowing students substantial flexibility in developing a Ph.D. experience uniquely suited to their personal interests and goals. 


Chemistry Research Areas

We offer dynamic research environments that combine specialities to address pressing challenges.

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Research Facilities

The department’s cutting-edge research facilities offer faculty and students powerful tools for innovation. 

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University Institutes and Centers

Our interdisciplinary institutes and centers strengthen our research offering across the university.

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Chemistry Spotlight

News from around the department

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Zarzar named a recipient of the Simons Foundation Pivot Fellowship

RNAs with naturally occurring chemical modifications fold better than unmodified RNAs inside membraneless compartments that model protocells

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Could RNA folding play a role in the origin of life?

The award recognizes outstanding research with excellence and independence in thought and originality.

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Cotruvo to receive 2024 Eli Lilly Award in Biological Chemistry

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