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About the College of Chemistry

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The College of Chemistry is comprised of the Department of Chemistry and the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Both disciplines provide the opportunity and means for meeting major scientific and technological challenges, such as addressing climate change, increasing the world's food supply, synthesizing new materials, and discovering and delivering important drugs. The college prides itself on a balanced approach to science, with research areas ranging from experimental to theoretical. Faculty in both departments are engaged in teaching and research in a wide range of applications and subdisciplines.

The College of Chemistry offers undergraduate degrees in chemistry, chemical biology, and chemical engineering, as well as double majors in chemical engineering and materials science and engineering, and in chemical engineering and nuclear engineering. A new option is a concentration in materials chemistry.

The college offers doctoral programs in chemistry and chemical engineering, and a master's program in chemical engineering, including a concentration in product development. Cross-disciplinary programs are encouraged.

The chemical and biomolecular engineering faculty members have established world-renowned research programs in fields such as thermodynamics, surface catalysis, electrochemical processes, fluid mechanics, separation and transport processes, polymer processing, and control systems, and in such promising research fields as biochemical engineering, nanotechnology, and the study of electronic and optical materials.

Faculty members in the chemistry department are involved in research programs that encompass all areas of chemical research, including both the traditional fields of analytical, inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry, as well as such diverse areas as nanoscience; nuclear, biophysical, materials and atmospheric chemistry; and structural and chemical biology.

College of Chemistry researchers have access to numerous other facilities on campus, such as the microfabrication laboratory and the brain imaging center, and they collaborate with scientists throughout the campus and the nation. The nearby Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) houses state-of-the-art charged particle accelerators used extensively by our nuclear chemists. In addition, LBNL's Advanced Light Source is one of the world's brightest sources of ultra-violet and soft x-ray beams and is used by college researchers to decipher the folding of biomolecules.

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