The complex interactions of atoms, molecules, and ions determine our shapes and sizes, our environment, and even how we feel on a given day. Our faculty and students endeavor to understand the the world at the molecular level and apply this understanding to tackle problems in modern society.
Students in our department have close relationships with faculty who are committed, excellent educators. They’re engaged in rigorous coursework on exciting modern topics, including bioanalytical chemistry, environmental chemistry, and medicinal chemistry. In their laboratory courses, students use advanced instrumentation to learn technical skills and problem-solving strategies that prepare them for careers after SCU. Outside of the classroom, our award-winning chemistry club fosters camaraderie among majors and engages students in fun chemistry-themed activities on campus and in the community.
Our faculty work one-on-one with many students in the research laboratory, on such projects as developing organic materials for harvesting solar energy, manipulating chemical reactions with microfluidics, and understanding interactions between nanoparticles and biological molecules. Students routinely present their work at local and national conferences and are co-authors on publications in the chemical literature.
Santa Clara University Professor Paul Abbyad was named a 2019 Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar, expanding the number of Henry Dreyfus faculty in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry to five.
Grace Stokes, Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry, is the recipient of the National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early-Career Development CAREER Award.
Nanomaterials represent a whole new world of possibility across a range of scientific studies, including medicine and engineering. But how exactly do these tiny particles, whether natural or man-made, interact with their environment?