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Chemistry is all around us

It impacts everything we can see, touch, smell and taste. The programs of the Department will prepare you to understand,investigate and apply the principles of chemistry to a wide variety of careers from the study of the environment, to solving criminal cases, to working in a chemically related business, to using chemistry to understand biological systems and processes, to preparing for a career as a research chemist.

For those wishing to prepare for advanced study in chemistry we offer both Master's and Doctoral Programs in all major fields of Chemistry.

Our faculty provide teaching and research expertise in all major areas of Chemistry

Please Note: Change of Webmaster for Chemistry Department Website: as of the end of February 2019 Professor Qingfeng Ge will take over responsibility as webmaster for the Department website.

The Department offers weekly seminars by faculty from departments throughout the United States and beyond describing the latest advances in their fields.


Weekly Seminar

Departmental Seminars are held in the Van Lente Auditorium (Neckers 240) at 4:00 pm unless otherwise indicated below.

Professor Xueju Wang, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of Missouri Friday March 22, 2019

Title: "Materials, Mechanics, and Structures: From Energy Storage to Human Health"

Abstract:  Today, humanity faces many challenges in the global distribution of energy, food, water, and healthcare. While there are many aspects to these complex problems, one critical issue in any solution is advanced materials and structures, such as materials for energy-storage systems and bio-integrated electronic devices for human health. The mechanical robustness of the materials and devices is significant for such applications. For example, in the development of advanced materials for next-generation energy storage devices, the main bottleneck is the mechanical degradation of high-performance battery materials after repeated electrochemical cycling. In this talk, I will first present the mechanics of deformation and failure in advanced battery materials with an integrated experimental and computational approach. In the second part of the talk, I will present mechanics-guided assembly of advanced materials including soft polymers, metals, and semiconductors into three-dimensional (3D) soft, stretchable architectures and electronics for biomedical applications. Developing mechanically robust advanced battery materials and 3D soft bio-integrated devices represent a significant step towards solving grand challenges in energy and human health.


Materials Technology Center Seminar Series


ACS Seminar

John Busch, an author of a book on Steam Ships, will present seminar entitled 'Building the First “Steamship” in History'.

Time: April 9 2019; 7:30 pm

Place: The JW Neckers Building on the SIUC Campus, Room 240