Chemistry and geochemistry
The programs of the Chemistry and Geochemistry 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 and Geochemistry Department maintains 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.
Professor Cowley was interviewed on local Denver News regarding the safety of methanol demonstrations in the classroom.
Colorado School of Mines recently named the best engineering college by USA TODAY.
Congratulations to Professors Richards and Voorhees! Both were elected to the 2014 class of ACS Fellows.
Dr. Svitlana Pylypenko will be officially joining the chemistry and geochemistry department on Oct 1. She is currently a Research Assistant Professor in the Metallurgical and Materials Engineering department at the Colorado School of Mines. Svitlana received her Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of New Mexico working on the characterization of complex materials using XPS and structure–properties–performance correlations using multivariate analysis techniques. During her postdoctoral years, she has focused on the development of novel materials, structures and characterization approaches for applications in electrocatalysis and fuel cells. Svitlana's current research focuses on nitrogen-functionalized materials for energy applications. She also works on a variety of energy-related research project in collaboration with National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
Dr. Shubham Vyas joined the chemistry and geochemistry department in Fall 2014. His research group will utilize both computational and experimental physical chemistry tools to address challenges in modern science. Current research interests include rational design of materials, biophysical chemistry, reactive intermediates, laser spectroscopy and photochemistry. He was a Camille and Henry Dreyfus Postdoctoral Fellow at Department of Chemistry and Geochemistry in Colorado School of Mines along with a partial appointment in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. Dr. Vyas completed his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry at The Ohio State University. His M.Sc. degree in Physical Chemistry was conferred from IIT Bombay (India) while B.Sc. degree (Physics-Chemistry-Mathematics) was obtained from MLSU Udaipur (India).
Dr. Mark Jensen will join the department in January 2015 as the Grandey University Chair in Nuclear Science and Engineering. His research interests are focused on the nuclear fuel cycle, ranging from mechanisms of selectivity in chemical separations to biologically-based metal separations and the biochemistry and environmental chemistry of the transuranium elements. Mark has been studying the chemistry of the actinide and lanthanide elements as a scientist in the Heavy Element Chemistry and Separation Science Group at Argonne National Laboratory for the past twenty years. He received his Ph.D. in Inorganic and Nuclear Chemistry from Florida State University.
Dr. Angie Sower joined the chemistry and geochemistry department in August 2014. Her primary focus is chemistry education at a diversity of higher education settings. Angie hopes to reach students through learning strategies that will not only be applicable in a chemistry setting, but also throughout students’ education and hopes to pass along to students that chemistry never ceases to remain interesting and relevant. She received her Ph.D. at the University of New Mexico - Albuquerque.