Message from the Department Chair


Prof. Li Niu

The Department of Chemistry at the University at Albany, SUNY, has never been stronger. In the area of undergraduate education, we have witnessed a steady increase in our major and overall enrollment in record numbers. On the graduate side, there are now close to 70 graduate students who are conducting innovative research in a wide variety of scientific subjects. Today, Chemistry is one of the best funded units on campus.  Our faculty members publish in high-impact, peer-reviewed journals and receive the most competitive research funding from National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Department of Defense (DOD) and the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), etc. As a result, exciting research opportunities abound for our graduate students and undergraduates alike. And, we are still growing.

Last year we recruited two new faculty members in the area of organic and biophysical chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard Medical School. This year, we are recruiting two more faculty members in the area of forensic chemistry, analytical chemistry and toxicology to strengthen the Forensic Chemistry division, a newly minted area of growth. As you peruse our department website, I am confident that you will recognize we are a fast-growing, vibrant department in a world-class university. Our curricula, faculty research interests, and interdepartmental and multidisciplinary programs each demonstrate our long-standing commitment to the quality of education at both the undergraduate and graduate level, and to the pursuit of rigorous study and creative research anchored in the chemical science.