Welcome to the Department of Chemistry—a center of global excellence in biological chemistry and materials chemistry research, and a leader in education across all chemical disciplines. For over 150 years, we have been home to the central science at UMass, and a destination for students from all around the world seeking the highest standards in teaching and research. We have a global reputation for in-house collaboration between faculty and across departments, and we boast a broad and interdisciplinary portfolio of research and teaching.

Photograph of Gaurav Mitra delivering a speech.

Graduate student delivers community speech at Chancellor's inauguration

Gaurav Mitra, a chemistry PhD candidate, was selected to speak during the “Power of Community” section at the inauguration of Chancellor Javier Reyes. The ceremony was a celebration of the formal investiture of Chancellor Javier Reyes as the university’s 31st leader.

headshot chemistry major Taras Nagornyy

Meet the chemistry undergraduate finding solutions for greener transport

Taras Nagornyy conducts research that seeks to minimize the release of harmful gases from vehicles with diesel engines, such as trucks, trains, ships, and military vehicles. He is exploring ways to synthesize Si-LTA zeolite catalysts using ammonium fluoride (NH4F) as a substitute for the highly toxic hydrogen fluoride (HF). “It's particularly rewarding to know that the research isn't just theoretical; it's meant to be applied to solve real-world problems.”

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