Department of 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.
Colorado School of Mines recently named the best engineering college by USA TODAY.
The Chemistry and Geochemistry Department was very successful in a recent university competition for funding to investigate new materials and novel applications for materials:
Chemistry and Geochemistry Professors Richards, Pylypenko, and Trewyn along with Prof. Ciobanu from Mechanical Engineering will investigate bringing new compositions of matter to life: Computationally guided synthetic approaches to unprecedented nanoscale metal carbide/nitride materials.
Chemistry and Geochemistry Professors Sellinger and Trewyn along with Chemical Engineering Professor Carreon will investigate the synthesis and applications of novel metal organic frameworks (MOFs) and microporous carbon membranes.
Congratulations to Professors Trewyn, Pylypenko, and Richards for receiving a $600,000 award from the National Science Foundation Chemistry Division entitled Catalytically Active Earth Abundant Materials with Unique Structure and Property. More information on the award can be found here.
Svitlana Pylypenko was invited to give a talk entitled "Nitrogen-doped carbons: from model studies to high performing materials" at MANA-RSC symposium: Materials for Energy Generation and Storage in Tsukuba, Japan. The symposium is co-organized by Royal Society of Chemistry and MANA (International Center for Materials Nanoarchitectonics) - an organization within the National Institute of Materials Science (NIMS). The symposium is also supported by AIST (National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology) and Tsukuba University.
ExxonMobil has committed up to $1 million during the span of two years to further research led by Mines Chemistry and Geochemistry Associate Professor Matthew Posewitz that will contribute to the long-term development of the next generation of sustainable algal biofuel technologies.
Congratulations to Professors Richards and Voorhees! Both were elected to the 2014 class of ACS Fellows.