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.


Clean Energy Institute Launches
A new University of Washington institute to develop efficient, cost-effective solar power and better energy storage systems launched December 12 with an event attended by UW President Michael K. Young, Gov. Jay Inslee and researchers, industry experts and policy leaders in renewable energy. More...

New research published in Nature explores organic solar cells
Professors David Ginger and Alex Jen, along with other researchers, have recently reported on the role of electron spin in creating efficient organic solar cells. Their findings were recently published in the journal Nature. More...

Exploring the origins of life
Sarah Keller and affiliate professor Roy Black have helped to unravel some of the mystery surrounding the origin of cells in Earth's ancient oceans. Their work describes the unexpected interaction of the chemical components of RNA and fatty acids and their role in stabilizing the precursors to cellular membranes. More...

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