Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Rensselaer

The Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Rensselaer has a long history of innovation in education and for excellence in laboratory instruction.

In addition to a strong focus in the traditional areas of chemistry we offer courses and research programs in the rapidly developing frontiers of modern science, including biochemistry, biophysics and biotechnology, materials and polymer chemistry, and medicinal chemistry.

 

  • Program Spotlight

    B.S. in Chemistry

    At the forefront of research while being small enough for students to receive individual attention from faculty.

  • Program Spotlight

    Ph.D in Chemistry

    Research projects in emerging fields of science and technology that lie at the intersection between chemistry and biotechnology, energy sciences, physics, biochemistry, computational methods, material science and nanotechnology.

  • A number of awards are given to outstanding undergraduates to recognize exceptional performance.

  • The undergraduate laboratory program emphasizes the hands-on use of modern research-grade instruments that allow students to become familiar with real-world equipment and tecniques used in research and industry.

  • Student researchers play a critical role in the world-changing discovery, innovation, and breakthroughs taking place across campus.

  • So you’re interested in chemistry?

    Perhaps you’re pretty sure that chemistry is the subject you want to major in, or, perhaps, it is just one of several possibilities.

    Perhaps you’re not sure what a chemist really does after college.

Announcements

The 6th annual Future Leaders Series meeting is coming up! This event is an opportunity for Ph.D. students expected to graduate in 2021 to present their work at our next local section meeting being held on Wednesday, January 20th, 2021 (6:00 – 9:00PM). Faculty are encouraged to nominate their Ph.D. students for consideration by Sunday, Jan, 10th, 2021. Selected speakers will be notified by Wed, January 13th, 2021.  We are looking for 3-4 speakers to present.

See Professor Shelley's interview in the Spectroscopist Inside section starting on page 42:  https://rpi.app.box.com/s/fcx7ubkqj7ainzfxuts8goniu522pnm8  

RPI Chemistry's student-athlete Mikaela DiBello has been named to the 2018-19 Goodle Cloud Academic All-America Division III At-Large Second Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).   https://rpiathletics.com/news/2019/6/20/field-hockey-dibello-and-maxfiel...  

Jessica Hellinger is recipient of a 2019 Society for Applied Spectroscopy Undergraduate Student Award.  This award recognizes her project to siimultaneously obtain elemental and small molecule information with a novel plasma source, the Solution Cathode Glow Discharge (SCGD), via optical emission spectroscopy and mass spectrometry.  This award will be presented at the SciX Conference in Palm Springs, CA, in October 2019.  

Congratulations, Montwaun Young! Montwaun was named a recipient of the 2019 Outreach Volunteers of the Year award for the Eastern New York Local Section. This award recognizes countless hours of dedication to chemistry outreach. To read more and see all awardee's individual profiles please visit the ACS website (https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/membership-and-networks/ls/grantsawar...).

News

Using a nanopore, researchers have demonstrated the potential to reduce the time required for sequencing a glycosaminoglycan — a class of long chain-linked sugar molecules as important to our biology as DNA — from years to minutes.

Envisioning an animal-free drug supply, scientists have — for the first time — reprogrammed a common bacterium to make a designer polysaccharide molecule used in pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals. 

Armed with evidence that a specific site on heparan sulfate — known as the 3-O-sulfate group — is critical to the transfer of harmful tau proteins in the brain, a research program funded by the NIH’s National Institute of Aging is scrutinizing the interactions between heparan sulfate and tau, determining how misfolded tau spreads in the brain, and developing strategies to block it.

In a test of antiviral effectiveness against the virus that causes COVID-19, an extract from edible seaweeds substantially outperformed remdesivir, the current standard antiviral used to combat the disease.

A common drug, already approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), may also be a powerful tool in fighting COVID-19, according to research published this week in Antiviral Research.

Contact Information

Chemistry and Chemical Biology

120 Cogswell
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
110 8th Street, Troy, NY 12180

(518) 276-6456