Chemistry

Visit Department Website

Chemistry is unique among the sciences in that it studies interactions between matter and energy at the atomic level. Why focus on atoms? Consider this - all of the matter that we see around us, a bird, a rock, or a computer screen, is made entirely out of atoms, yet there are only 80 or 90 kinds of atoms. How can such a small set of atomic building blocks produce so many different kinds of matter? The answer lies in the combining power of atoms. Putting atoms together in different combinations and arrangements creates different kinds of matter. This makes chemistry, which is the study of the "what, how, and why" of atom combination, an essential tool for understanding the natural world.

Upcoming Events

Chemistry Seminar: "Data Science, A.I., and Atmospheric Chemistry"

Sam Silva is currently a Linus Pauling Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellow at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. He received a Ph.D. in Environmental...

1/30 4:15pm
Chemistry Seminar: "Using naturally inspired network design principles to rewire the behavior of human cells"

Caleb Bashor ('99) received his BA from Reed College in Biochemistry and Ph.D from the University of California at San Francisco, where he used synthetic...

2/13 4:15pm
Chemistry Seminar: Robert Campbell

Robert Campbell graduated with a BS in chemistry from Portland State University, during which time he worked as a Research Assistant. After university, he...

2/20 4:15pm

Recent Events