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Syracuse University, College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Chemistry

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What are living and nonliving things made of? Find out through studying the nature of matter, the composition of substances and their properties and reactions. You'll have hands-on research experience in different areas such as theoretical physical chemistry, drug discovery or organic synthesis.

Immerse yourself in the composition, structure, properties and reactions of matter, especially of atomic, elemental and molecular systems. Experience a challenging but nurturing environment and take courses in analytical, biological, inorganic, organic and physical chemistry.

Undergraduate and graduate students perform original research in a number of different areas of chemistry, from theoretical and experimental physical chemistry to organic synthesis, nanomaterials and biochemistry.

Facilities

The Department of Chemistry is located in the Center for Science and Technology (CST) on the eastern edge of campus.

The department is equipped with state-of-the-art research and teaching facilities and an outstanding technical support staff. Available instrumentation includes the following, to name a few:

  • Isothermal titration calorimeter
  • NMR and X-ray crystallography facilities
  • Ultrafast laser laboratory
  • Several high-resolution spectrophotometers and fluorimeters
  • Electrochemical analyzers
  • HPLC systems
  • Polarimeters
  • IR and Raman spectrometers
  • Instrumentation for GC-MS and LC-MS measurements

Other support services include the Chemistry Stores, an on-campus source for commonly used laboratory supplies and chemicals, and electronics and glass blowing shops, where highly specific research equipment is designed and fabricated. The Science and Technology Library offers an outstanding collection of scientific literature and electronic resources.

Take chemistry out into the world

There are many career possibilities for a chemistry major. Chemical, drug and oil companies are certainly options. Here are some others:

  • Manufacturing companies—such as fragrances, steel, dyes, or computers.
  • Service companies offering testing, cleaning, or analysis
  • Education.
  • Government (national laboratories, agencies, or the military).
  • Entrepreneurial opportunities, start-ups, or think tanks.
  • Legal field. Lawyers with a chemistry degree are highly sought after for their expertise.

Learn more about all your options by speaking with your advisor.

Recent News

Recent Publications

ALS-linked mutations affect UBQLN2 oligomerization and phase separation in a position- and amino acid-dependent manner.

Dao TP, Martyniak B, Canning AJ, Lei Y, Colicino EG, Cosgrove MS, Hehnly H, Castañeda CA*. (2019) ALS-linked mutations affect UBQLN2 oligomerization and phase separation in a position- and amino acid-dependent manner. Structure. 27: 937-951. DOI: 10.1016/j.str.2019.03.012.

Mahajani, N. S.; Meador, R. I. L.; Smith, T. J.; Canarelli, S. E.; Adhikari, A. A.; Shah, J. P.; Russo, C. M.; Wallach, D. R.; Howard, K. T.; Millimaci, A. M.; Chisholm, J. D. “Ester Formation via Symbiotic Activation Utilizing Trichloroacetimidate Electrophiles” J. Org. Chem. 2019, 84, 7871-7882. DOI:10.1021/acs.joc.9b00745

Friedel-Crafts Alkylation of Indoles with Trichloroacetimidates.

Suzuki, T.; Chisholm, J. D. "Friedel-Crafts Alkylation of Indoles with Trichloroacetimidates." Tetrahedron Lett., 2019, 60, 1325-1329. DOI:10.1016/j.tetlet.2019.04.007

Single amino acid substitutions in stickers, but not spacers, substantially alter UBQLN2 phase transitions and dense phase material properties.

Yiran Y, Jones HB, Dao TP, Castañeda CA*. (2019) Single amino acid substitutions in stickers, but not spacers, substantially alter UBQLN2 phase transitions and dense phase material properties. Journal of Physical Chemistry B. 123: 3618-3629. DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcb.9b01024.

Kemp Eliminases of the AlleyCat Family Possess High Substrate Promiscuity

Kemp Eliminases of the AlleyCat Family Possess High Substrate Promiscuity, (ChemCatChem 5/2019), Dr. Elizabeth A. Caselle, Jennifer H. Yoon, Sagar Bhattacharya, Joel J. L. Rempillo , Zsófia Lengyel, Dr. Areetha D'Souza, Dr. Yurii S. Moroz, Patricia L. Tolbert, Dr. Alexander N. Volkov, Prof. Dr. Marcello Forconi, Prof. Dr. Carlos A. Castañeda, Prof. Dr. Olga V. Makhlynets, Prof. Dr. Ivan V. Korendovych, https://doi.org/10.1002/cctc.201900266