Research


The Department of Chemistry at the University at Albany, SUNY, provides an exciting research program for our graduate and undergraduate students as well as postdoctoral fellows.

This research program is also integrated into both graduate and undergraduate education through a combination of creative independent research, advanced courses, and a research seminar series. The seminar series also includes two named lectures, i.e., the Henry Kuivila Lecture and the AMRI-Chemistry Lecture series given by the world’s most renowned chemists and biochemists. In addition, Chemistry is the host department for a biennial Summer Conversation Series. The Conversation has drawn the prominent scientists from around the world who are working in the fields of Chemistry, Biochemistry and Structural Biology. The department also holds an annual Undergraduate Chemistry Research Symposium. Furthermore, one of our faculty members serves as a co-organizer for the annual Life Science Research Symposium for our graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.

The research areas of our faculty address many of the most challenging scientific problems in our time, with special focuses on forensic chemistry, ribonucleic acid chemistry, medicinal and synthetic chemistry, material sciences and biochemistry and biophysics. The following areas are the major disciplines or research clusters of chemistry and biochemistry in our department. The faculty in the following divisions all teach chemistry and biochemistry courses, including graduate level, specialized courses highly relevant to the research areas listed below.

Analytical and Forensic Chemistry Division

Analytical chemistry spans nearly all areas of chemistry and touches many, if not all, scientific endeavors. The faculty in this division develop tools and methods to measure physical properties of substances and apply those techniques to the identification of their presence (qualitative analysis) and quantify the amount of species (quantitative analysis) present in a wide variety of settings, including real samples from crime scenes. The faculty are also heavily involved in development of novel approaches and concepts of forensic chemistry research and disease diagnostics.

Biochemistry and Biophysics Division

Biochemistry and Biophysics consider the fundamental chemical principles that govern all biological systems. Particular areas of interests include protein folding, membrane proteins, macromolecular structure determination, dynamics, enzymology, structure/function, inhibitors and RNA aptamers, screening and modeling of biological compounds and molecules. We us various biochemical and biophysical techniques in our study, such as NMR, Raman spectroscopy, AFM, EPR, and laser photolysis techniques combined with electrical current recording.

Inorganic and Materials Chemistry Division

Inorganic and Materials Chemistry research at the University of Albany covers a diverse range of topics including Organometallic and Supramolecular Chemistry; Structures, Bonding and Reactivity of novel molecules; Metal Cluster Chemistry; Catalysis and Chemistry at Nanoscale as well as design of cutting-edge hybrid materials with defined properties for target applications (Inorganic Materials).


Organic Chemistry Division

The Department of Chemistry offers a diverse selection of research opportunities in organic chemistry with particular strengths in organometallic chemistry, sulfur and fluorine chemistry, organic synthesis, bioorganic and natural products chemistry, and organic materials. Many of the designed compounds find applications in medicine and agriculture.

Physical and Computational Chemistry

Physical Chemistry and Computational Chemistry are central to all of molecular sciences, seeking fundamental understanding in areas as diverse as the structure and function of biomolecules, to molecular electronics, nanomaterials, and molecular dynamics. The faculty who are doing research in this area focus on developing fundamental tools and techniques, and computational simulation methods, and applying these to both biological, materials, and energy problems.


Our faculty members publish in high-impact, peer-reviewed journals and receive grant funding from both federal and private agencies, such as the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Department of Defense (DOD) and the National Institute of Justice (NIJ). As a result, exciting research opportunities abound for our graduate and undergraduate students alike. Our faculty are deeply committed to training our students by being accessible and by designing specialized research projects, along with other educational programs, that meet the scientific interests and career objectives of each of our students. Our mission is to provide exceptional training for our graduate, undergraduate students and postdoctoral fellows in state-of-the-art chemistry that leads to successful careers in industry, teaching and research.

Furthermore, our research programs are supported by the first-class instrumentation and facilities, which includes Chemistry Core Facility and various Core Facilities in the Life Sciences Research Building.

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