Department of Chemistry
The programs of the Chemistry Department are designed to educate professionals for the varied career opportunities this central scientific discipline affords. At the undergraduate level we offer a B.S. degree program in chemistry that is approved by the American Chemical Society. In addition, we offer specific curricular tracks emphasizing biochemistry or environmental chemistry along with a more flexible chemistry track that can be tailored to optimize the preparation of students to achieve their specific career goals. At the graduate level, the department offers M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Chemistry, Applied Chemistry, and Geochemistry. In addition, M.S. and Ph.D. degrees are also offered in Materials Science, Hydrological Sciences and Engineering through interdisciplinary graduate programs.
The Chemistry Department maintain a high quality, well-funded research program with participation of students at both the graduate and undergraduate level. The research program in the Department emphasizes interdisciplinary approaches to solving real world problems in areas including sustainability, alternative energy, materials, bio-detection, nanomedicines and water quality assessment, to name a few.
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Congrats to Professor Braley for being voted Vice Chair of the ACS NUCL Division. She will be Chair of the division in 2019. Dr. Braley would like to focus on increasing the social media footprint, funding for divisional awards and coordination of online educational efforts.
Work that Chemistry Professor Kim Williams and her analytical chemistry class did with Golden gluten-free brewery Holidaily was publicized in the Denver Post.
Emeritus Professor Kent Voorhees and Assistant Research Professor Christopher Cox are developing a patented technologyfor rapid diagnostics for bacterial infections! More can be found here.
Congratulations to Chemistry Prof. Alan Sellinger and Physics Prof. Uwe Greife for their research award from the Department of Homeland Security for developing stable, inexpensive materials for detecting dangerous nuclear radiation! More can be found here.
A study coauthored by Assistant Professor of Chemistry Jenifer Braley was published in Science Magazine that examined the chemistry of berkelium, one of the heaviest and rarest elements on earth. More information can be found on Prof. Braley's research webpage.
Congratulations to Chemistry graduate students Mr. Billy Smith and Mr. Carmen Bria from the Williams group for receiving awards at the 18th International Field and Flow-Based Separations Symposium in Dresden, Germany this summer!
Congratulations to Research Prof. Christopher Cox for being named a Young Investigator by the Association for Mass Spectrometry Applications to the Clinical Laboratory!
Department of Chemistry Professor Mark Eberhart and his Molecular Theory Group have been awarded $1.75 million over five years by the Office of Naval Research to develop and share software that will make designing materials easier for industry researchers, by better defining variations in electronic charge density and linking them to particular mechanical properties.
The NSF Robert Noyce Scholarship Program has awarded a collaborative grant to Prof. Renee Falconer and the University of Northern Colorado to build on our newly developed partnership to provide a pathway for Mines students to pursue secondary teaching licenses. This ~$1.2 million grant will provide Mines students with teaching-focused internships and scholarships to aid them in becoming much needed highly-qualified STEM teachers.