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Michigan research opportunities

Our faculty are leading quests for cleaner energy sources, better battery technology, greener chemical production, sensitive environmental monitoring, improved biomedical diagnostics and a host of other work that addresses fundamental challenges of national and global importance. They are driving improvements in the teaching of chemistry, and expanding opportunities for STEM education for persons of all backgrounds. 

As the questions chemists ask have become more complex, the University of Michigan Department of Chemistry has pushed the boundaries of traditional work in fundamental chemical sciences into the interface with other disciplines.

Explore our research directions!

Our research program is organized into seven research clusters and fifteen research themes, reflecting the interdisciplinary nature of state-of-the-art research.

Research Clusters

 Research Themes
  • Bioanalytical Chemistry
  • Bioinorganic Chemistry
  • Bioorganic Chemistry
  • Biophysical Chemistry
  • Computational and Theoretical
  • Energy Science
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Nano Chemistry
  • Optics and Imaging
  • Organometallic Chemistry
  • RNA BioChemistry
  • Sensor Science
  • Surface Chemistry
  • Sustainable Chemistry
  • Ultrafast Dynamics