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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: "Watching Signal Transduction in Living Cells, One Molecule at a Time"

Lexy von Diezmann ('11) received her BA from Reed College in Chemistry and her PhD in Chemical Physics from Stanford University. At Stanford, she worked with...

2/27 4:15pm
Chemistry Seminar: Smita Shankar, Ph.D.

Smita Shankar is VP of Research and Development at Impossible Foods. In this role, she oversees the various R&D and engineering teams. Prior to this role at...

3/5 4:15pm
Chemistry Community Discussion

The ACS Student Chapter of Reed College would like to invite you to the Spring Chemistry Community Discussion. This is the third installation of a continuing...

3/12 4:15pm
Chemistry Seminar: Senior Research Presentations

Chemistry seniors will discuss their thesis research

4/2 4:15pm
Chemistry Seminar: Senior Research Presentations

Chemistry seniors will discuss their thesis research

4/9 4:15pm

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