Department of Chemistry
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.
We encourage you to excel in your graduate studies, to develop and enhance your scientific passion, and to contribute to the scientific community at large.
Chemistry Research Areas
We eliminate barriers, creating a dynamic research environment that combines specialities to help address pressing challenges.
Chemistry Research Facilities
The department’s cutting-edge research facilities offer faculty and students powerful tools for innovation.
University Institutes and Centers
Our interdisciplinary institutes and centers strengthen our research offering across the university, while providing meaningful training opportunities for graduate students.
Featured stories from around the department
The first four projects funded by the Patricia and Stephen Benkovic Research Initiative at Penn State have been announced.
Our faculty are dedicated educators and researchers who are recognized leaders in their fields.
Stewart A. Mallory
Stewart A. Mallory joined the department faculty as an assistant professor of chemistry on August 1, 2021. The Mallory Research Group's fundamental challenge is "to answer several open questions concerning the collective behavior and mechanical properties of soft active matter systems."
Elvira Sayfutyarova joined the department faculty as an assistant professor of chemistry on January 1, 2022. Safutyarova's research focuses on the "development and application of new quantum chemical approaches to study photochemical reactions and properties of complex bioinorganic systems."
James Hodges joined the department faculty as an assistant professor of chemistry on January 1, 2022. The Hodges Research Group is "broadly interested in the synthesis and applications of new inorganic solids, with a particular emphasis on microporous oxides, multi-anion materials, metal chalcogenides, intermetallic compounds, and thin-film architectures."
Julie Fenton joined the department faculty as an assistant professor of chemistry on January 1, 2022. The Fenton Research Group's focus will be "on creative synthetic problem solving at the interface of inorganic and organic materials, covering a range of fundamental and application-driven inquiries in colloidal nanosolids, porous materials, polymers, and extended hybrid solids."