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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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.
Research on direct methane fuel cells led by Chemistry Professor Brian Trewyn, Chemical Engineering Professor Andrew Herring, and UVA Chemistry Professor T. Brent Gunnoe was highlighted in Chemistry and Engineering News!
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 Professor Kim Williams for receiving a $450,000 award from the National Science Foundation Chemistry Division entitled Thermal Field-Flow Fractionation of Nanoscale Materials. More information on the award can be found here.
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.
Congratulations to Professor Alan Sellinger for two new grant awards along with NREL collaborators:
Addressing Soiling: From Interface Chemistry to Practicality DOE SunShot Program to design and develop surface chemistry to help understand and minimize soiling on solar modules
Perovskite and hybrid solar cells DOE SunShot Program to design and prepare charge transport and interfacial electrode materials for perovskite solar cells
Congratulations to Professor Stephen Boyes who along with Professor Wu of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering recieved an award from NSF to continue funding an REU program at the Colorado School of Mines. This REU program focuses on the integration of chemistry and chemical engineering in polymer science. More information on this award can be found here.
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.