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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

Proposal approved to rename the Chemistry Building to Benkovic Building to honor Stephen and Pat Benkovic's impact on Penn State.

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Committee advances plan to rename Chemistry Building as 'Benkovic Building'

Kenneth Knappenberger Jr., professor of chemistry, has been named the new head of the Penn State Department of Chemistry.

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Knappenberger named chemistry department head

Denise Okafor has been named by Research Corporation for Science Advancement as a recipient of its 2024 Cottrell Scholar Awards.

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Okafor receives 2024 Cottrell Scholar Award

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