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Research

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Research is an extraordinary opportunity to work closely with a faculty member as early as your freshman year. It’s hands-on student engagement — guiding you through the process of discovery.

The laboratories in Hickey Hall are for students working with faculty members in the depart​ments of biology, chemistry and biochemistry, and engineering-physics-systems. The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry has two large, flexible, multi-user labs — one for chemical synthesis and the other for chemical measurement. Research opportunities are available during the academic year for credit and during the summer months for paid compensation.

​The research interests of the chemistry faculty are constantly changing and developing. Here are some areas of current research interest with which chemistry majors can become involved.

  • ​Design and synthesis of supramolecular compounds to facilitate the transport of biologically relevant molecules through lipid membranes
  • Synthesis and characterization of novel organometallic compounds
  • Lipid membrane surface chemistry
  • Computational organic chemistry
  • ​Molecular modeling of iminosugar inhibitors of carbohydrate-processing enzymes

The results of these original research projects are often presented by students and faculty at regional and national meetings of the professional societies. ​​

Instruments

Below are a few examples of the instrumentation housed in our labs​.

Vertical Instrument    ​           Vertical Instrument in action

 Faculty Viewpoint

seann-mulcahy.jpg“Research is really dynamic, it’s constantly ebbing and flowing. I tell my research students all the time that 95 perce​nt of everything that they are going to do in the lab will probably fail. But, it’s in learning from these failures and trying to find the elusive five percent that makes everything worthwhile. Sometimes we need to take two steps back in order to take one step forward. It’s experiencing this kind of success that actually makes ​it worthwhile to go back and address a new problem with even more excitement.”

Dr. Seann Mulcahy
Associate Professor of Chemistry

 Chemistry & Biochemistry Blog

BriannaFollow some of our research students who are navigating life in the chemistry lab  gaining hands-on training directed by faculty members.​