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Chair's Welcome Message

Did you know that the University of Washington, located in Seattle, wins more federal research funding than any other American public university? That’s the way it’s been for more than 30 years. Among public and private universities, the UW holds the number two spot in the nation, easily topping research powerhouses such as Berkeley, Harvard, and Caltech (only Johns Hopkins betters us). We spend more than $1 billion dollars annually on research. Chemistry alone spends about $25 million dollars annually in support of our research programs, placing us among the top chemistry departments in the nation.


Did you know that the Department of Chemistry at the University of Washington runs the largest undergraduate degree program in chemistry and biochemistry in the nation, awarding more than 300 degrees annually? Did you know that graduate students studying toward the Ph.D. in chemistry at the UW are part of a group of nearly 400 faculty, postdoctoral associates, graduate students, and research staff who are pursuing research on a wide variety of projects?


Unless you have visited, you certainly wouldn’t know just how welcoming is the environment in which all of this is happening.


If you are considering studies in chemistry, I hope you will consider joining us. It is an extremely exciting time in our field and in this department.


We take great pride in our vibrant, evolving programs at the core of chemistry, in the areas of analytical, inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry. You will find outstanding faculty members at the UW in all of these areas. If your tastes in chemistry run more toward the interdisciplinary, we have much to offer here as well, with outstanding programs at the interfaces with the life sciences, medicine, and engineering. If it is your goal to study in any of these areas, please explore opportunities here at the UW.

We invite you to visit our campus and our department. We know from experience that if you do, you will have a hard time not joining us! We combine all of the advantages of a first-rate department of chemistry in a top university with the very real pleasures that come from life in a major city, surrounded by the environmental grandeur of the Pacific Northwest.


When you visit us, please stop by to say hello. If you have questions, do not hesitate to contact us.

With very best wishes,


D. Michael Heinekey
Professor and Chair

Professor D. Michael Heinekey
Professor D. Michael Heinekey




Professor D. Michael Heinekey
(206) 543-1613

Assistant to the Chair

Diana Knight
(206) 543-1611

Associate Chair,
Graduate Program

Professor Robert Synovec
(206) 685-2328

Associate Chair, Undergraduate Program

Professor Gary Drobny
(206) 685-2052

Director, Entry-Level Undergraduate Program

Dr. Deborah Wiegand
(206) 543-1164

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