In the PhD in chemistry program at UMass Amherst, you’ll join a strong and interactive group of faculty and graduate students. The extensive expertise in materials and biological chemistry will help provide an ideal foundation for you to pursue cutting-edge applications. 

In particular, you’ll specialize in synthesis, fabrication, characterization, and theory of novel materials, especially in nanomaterials, for applications in sensors, devices, catalysis, and as biofunctional materials. You will also learn to apply biophysical/bioanalytical approaches to uncover fundamental mechanisms of protein structure, folding, and function. 

You’ll benefit from a range of expertise in more traditional areas of chemistry, such as analytical, biological, inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry. 

The Institute for Applied Life Sciences also houses a host of top facilities, including a nanofabrication cleanroom and high-field NMR spectrometers. 

In addition, the UMass Chemistry BRIDGE Program aims to increase the number of underrepresented students pursuing advanced degrees in the chemical sciences.