Professor Laura Kiessling and student in a research lab, photo by Jeff MillerGraduate and undergraduate students collaborate with faculty and staff on research across the chemical sciences. Additionally, researchers often collaborate across groups within the department, across campus, across states, and even across countries.

Scientists at UW-Madison benefit from the university’s rich history and tradition of scientific inquiry and exploration. Today, the Department of Chemistry serves as a major research hub on campus. The department’s annual research expenditures total more than $16 million and include grants from federal agencies such as the National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Institutes of Health (NIH), as well as other organizations. In recent years, catalysis, nanotechnology, and energy have emerged as important new research focus areas for the department.

The Chemistry Building houses a number of centers and labs that support chemistry research across campus; these include first-rate NMR, mass spectrometry, and x-ray crystallography/molecular structure labs, as well as the Catalysis Center, Keck Center for Chemical Genomics, and the High-Performance Computing Center. The department also benefits from on-site electrical, glass, and instrument/machine shops, as well as the Chemistry Library.

Faculty research listed by graduate paths (areas of specialization):