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Rensselaer’s department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology provides courses and programs of study that reflect the central role of chemistry in the science and technology of tomorrow.

The programs offered lead to B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in chemistry — a minor in chemistry is also available.

In addition to a strong focus in the traditional areas of chemistry — such as synthesis, molecular structure, and chemical reactions — Chemistry and Chemical Biology offers courses and research programs in the rapidly developing frontiers of modern science. These areas include biochemistry, biophysics and biotechnology, materials and polymer chemistry, and medicinal chemistry.

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Now Accepting Applications for the Graduate Program in Chemistry - Fall 2015 Term

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The Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Rensselaer invites applications from students interested in pursuing a Ph.D. degree in an interdisciplinary environment with research opportunities in emerging fields, such as energy and the environment, nanotechnology, biotechnology, and computational science.

Please view the Faculty listings for specific research opportunities and the Graduate page for more information on our graduate program and application requirements. The application deadline for the Fall 2015 term is Jan 1, 2015.

Our Green Chemistry Pioneer, Rich Gross, delivers an invited talk at Pittsburg State University

Curt Breneman has been appointed as Acting Dean for School of Science

The Many Faces of Biopolymers

Professor Lakshmi Received $500,000 DOE Grant for Advanced Biochemical Solar Research at Rensselaer

James Buchwald Honored for 2014 Rensselaer Founders' Award of Excellence

The Rensselaer Founders' Award of Excellence is "the highest honor of the Annual Honors Convocation ceremony." The Founders Award of Excellence was established in 1994 to honor students who embody qualities of creativity, discovery, leadership, and the values of pride and responsibility at Rensselaer. The award consists of a special certificate, recognition by faculty, staff, and peers at the Honors Convocation ceremony, and a cash prize. Approximately 70 wonderful students from the Troy and Hartford campuses about one percent of our student population are honored each year as winners of Rensselaer's Founders Award of Excellence.

Breakthrough in Biomaterial Patterning via Enzymatic Lithography

The Latest News section in Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN) by American Chemical Society has featured the recent breakthrough in biomaterial patterning by Professor Richard Gross, who moved from NYU-Poly to RPI to join the Chemistry & Chemical Biology Department as a Constellation Professor in 2013.  Reported in Biomacromolecules 2013, the new lithographic technique could create deep, well-defined trenches and holes in polymers for biological and medical devices.  The techniques involve depositing an enzyme on a polymer surface in patterns using a stamp or tip coated with the protein. The enzyme degrades the polymer underneath, leaving behind the desired etched pattern.

Let’s congratulate Rich for his first appearance as “Richard A. Gross of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute” in C&EN! 

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