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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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The Many Faces of Biopolymers

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

Now Accepting Applications for the Graduate Program in Chemistry - Fall 2014 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 2014 term is Jan 1, 2014.

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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Professor Richard Gross Joined our Department

Welcome, Richard!

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A Team of Rensselaer Polymer Chemists Received an NSF Grant on “Plastics from Plants”

Polymer materials research faces imminent challenges to relieve our dependence of petroleum-derived monomers and polymers by developing sustainable plastic materials from abundant and economical renewable resources in nature. A spectrum of novel biorenewable sustainable epoxy monomers will be studied to relieve our dependence of petroleum for the use in coatings, adhesives, ink-jet printing and composites.

A team of Rensselaer polymer chemists, Professors James Crivello and Chang Ryu, in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology and RPI Polymer Center received 3-year $600,000 grant from Division of Materials Research at the National Science Foundation (NSF) starting from July 1, 2013. The NSF research project titled “Sustainable Epoxy Materials from Vegetable Oils and Terpenes” will be pursued with an aim to develop fundamental research program to control the physical properties for sustainable epoxy materials from renewable resources. 

In particular, their proposed program will advance the knowledge and understanding of how to control the mechanical, viscoelastic and thermal properties of sustainable epoxy materials derived from crosslinked epoxidized vegetable oils and terpenes using onium salt photoinitiators.Because the proposed polymerization is inexpensive, rapid, solventless and can be readily carried out under ambient conditions, substantial technology transfer opportunities exists to conduct the scale-up synthesis of monomers and polymers to facilitate the technology transfer opportunities to industry. It is envisioned that the proposed study will enhance the capability to tailor the physical properties of the green epoxy materials that would have comparable to or even better properties than petroleum-derived epoxy materials.

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