Chemistry at ESF

The Department of Chemistry at ESF is unique in that it is organized around the interdisciplinary areas of biochemistry and natural products chemistry, environmental chemistry and polymer chemistry.

We stress a strong foundation in the traditional areas of chemistry (analytical, inorganic, organic and physical chemistry) plus integration of these areas into its specialties. Students at all levels enjoy the advantages of a chemistry program with specialties aligned with the needs of the 21st century.

The department is committed to maintaining its leading role in extending the state of knowledge in its specialties. The department’s home is the 71,000-square-foot Edwin C. Jahn Laboratory. This state-of-the-art facility for research and teaching is well equipped with instruments needed for modern chemical research. The department involves all of its students in research, giving them familiarity with the actual practice of chemistry.

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017
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Upcoming Events

CNY Girls Summit

Saturday, April 29, 2017, 9:30 am - 3:30 pm, Various spaces ESF and SU, More information and Registration

Reading Day

Wednesday, May 3, 2017,

Final Exams

May 4 - 5,

Reading Days

May 6 - 7,

Why ESF for Chemistry?

Featured Chemistry Paper

Coupled ocean-atmosphere loss of marine refractory dissolved organic carbon

David J. Kieber

The oceans hold a massive quantity of organic carbon in the biosphere, nearly all of which is dissolved and more than 95% that is several thousand years old. This organic carbon cycles through the oceans several times before complete removal. This vast reservoir of organic carbon is a critical component of the global carbon cycle. Dr. David Kieber led a team of scientists who showed that this organic carbon can be incorporated into airborne particulate matter produced by bursting bubbles at the sea surface. They propose that photochemical oxidation of this airborne particulate matter in the atmosphere corresponds to a potentially important and hitherto unknown removal mechanism for this old organic carbon in the oceans.

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SUNY-ESF Chemistry Department
121 Edwin C. Jahn Laboratory
1 Forestry Drive
Syracuse, NY 13210-2726 USA
(315) 470-6855
(315) 470-6856 (fax)


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