Our Research

Chemistry is the central science. Chemists are able to design and create new forms of matter that can possess extraordinary and sometimes even useful properties. Chemists can explain the behaviors of matter that non-chemists find mystifying. For these reasons, progress in many fields depends upon contributions and advances from chemists and chemistry. Our field is flourishing as we enter the 21st century.


Research in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Washington is representative of the state-of-the-art in our discipline: it is exciting and new. It is vibrant and useful. It is interdisciplinary and disciplinary. Our faculty, our postdoctoral research associates, our graduate students, and our staff (nearly 400 of us in all) have come from all over the world to pursue our shared passion: the discovery of new chemistry!


We hope you will take a moment to read the brief descriptions of ongoing research in the many research areas explored in the Department of Chemistry. These descriptions cannot begin to communicate the excitement of research; if the pursuit of chemistry is your passion, we hope you will visit us to learn more about our program. If you do, experience tells us there is a good chance you’ll be back to study with us.


Boydston research group has back-to-back papers highlighted in C&E News
The research of Assistant Professor AJ Boydston and his group has been featured in two recent articles in Chemical and Engineering News. More...

UW researchers uncover the molecular basis of the heartbeat
Advanced spectroscopic techniques provide new understanding of a critical structural mechanism underlying heart function in recent work published by Stefan Stoll, William Zagotta, et al. in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. More...

Department ranks 10th nationally for research spending
According to the most recent (2012) National Science Foundation Survey of Higher Education Research and Development, the University of Washington Department of Chemistry is ranked 10th nationally for overall research and development spending in chemistry. More...

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