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Department History

First building erected on a North American campus for the purpose of chemistry instruction. 1856

"Highly Reactive" slideshow from LSA

Since the 1800s, the University of Michigan has been a hub of chemistry research and innovations. This slideshow highlights the researchers, classrooms, and labs that have shaped chemistry research at UM over the years. See the first building in North America constructed solely for chemistry research, meet the men behind the Gomberg-Bachman reaction, and take a peek inside a chemistry classroom today. See: "Highly Reactive" slideshow.