Wilfredo Colón Department Head

The Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Rensselaer performs modern interdisciplinary research across different areas of chemistry to address problems of societal importance. Chemistry played an important role in Rensselaer’s founding mission to train students in the “application of science for the common purposes of life”. Nearly 200 years later, our department continues to nurture a culture of innovation, discovery, and application in exploiting the transformative power of chemistry to address major world problems. Excellence in teaching and research are central aspects of our mission. We are committed to providing unique research experiences to our undergraduate and graduate students, as well as guidance and opportunities to develop personal and professional skills that are essential for success in today’s increasingly competitive and challenging world.

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  • • biological roles of degradation-resistant proteins, • degradation-resistant proteins in amyloid diseases, • development and application of methods for the proteomics-level identification of hyper-stable proteins

Chulsung Bae

Professor

Research Focus:

Clean energy technology, Ion-conducting polymers for energy conversion, Green chemistry

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Ronald Bailey

Professor, Associate Department Head

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Curt Breneman

Dean of the School of Science, Professor

Research Focus:

Cheminformatics, Materials Informatics, Drug Discovery Software

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Wilfredo Colón

Professor, Department Head

Research Focus:

• biological roles of degradation-resistant proteins, • degradation-resistant proteins in amyloid diseases, • development and...

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Peter Henry Dinolfo

Associate Professor

Research Focus:

Dye-sensitized Semiconductor Solar Cells, Organic Photovoltaics

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Richard Gross

Professor, Constellation Chair

Research Focus:

Polymer Chemistry, Bio-based building blocks, Biocatalysis

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K. V. Lakshmi

Associate Professor, Scientific Director, Baruch '60 Center For Biochemical Solar Energy Research

Research Focus:

Physical Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Biochemistry and Biophysical Chemistry

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Robert J. Linhardt

Ann and John H. Broadbent, Jr. ’59 Senior Constellation Professor of Biocatalysis and Metabolic Engineering

Research Focus:

Glycoscience, Biocatalysis, Metabolic Engineering

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Linda B. McGown

Professor, William Weightman Walker Chair

Research Focus:

Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry, Astrobiology, Bioseparations

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Chang Y. Ryu

Professor, Director of NY State Center for Polymer Synthesis

Research Focus:

Sustainable Polymer Materials, Block Copolymer Self-assembly, Structure-property-relationships of polymeric materials

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Jacob T. Shelley

Alan Paul Schulz Career Development Professor Of Chemistry

Research Focus:

Mass Spectrometry, Chemical Instrumentation, Glow Discharges and Analytical Plasmas

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Xing Wang

Assistant Professor

Research Focus:

Structural DNA Nanotechnology, Metallic Nanoparticles and Nanorods, Noncoding RNA

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Affiliated Faculty

Blanca L. Barquera

Associate Professor Biological Sciences

Research Focus:

bacterial pathogenes, bioenergetics, mechanistic enzymology

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Steven Cramer

William Weightman Walker Professor Chemical and Biological Engineering

Research Focus:

Bioseparations, Bioprocessing, Chromatography

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George I. Makhatadze

Constellation Chair Biological Sciences

Research Focus:

bioinformatics, protein dynamics, protein folding

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Marianne Nyman

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Research Focus:

Water Quality, Biomaterials, Biochemical Engineering

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Catherine Royer

Constellation Chair Biological Sciences

Research Focus:

pressure effects on biomolecules, protein folding, protein interaction networks

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Chunyu Wang

Associate Professor Biological Sciences

Research Focus:

Alzheimer's disease: amyloid production, aggregation and interaction, Hedgehog autopocessing: mechanism and relevance to cancer,...

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Emeritus

James Moore

Professor Emeritus

Research Focus:

Organic Polymer Chemistry

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Mark Wentland

Professor Emeritus

Research Focus:

Design and synthesis of novel therapeutics to treat human diseases

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