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.


Nature Methods cover article details refined, accessible technique for expansion microscopy
Assistant Professor Joshua Vaughan and his UW co-workers recently published an improved technique for expansion microscopy, in a report featured on the cover of Nature Methods. More...

Recent work by Jesse Zalatan featured on the cover of Cell
Assistant Professor Jesse Zalatan and co-workers at UCSF have developed a method to encode complex, synthetic transcriptional regulatory programs using the CRISPR-Cas system. More...

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

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