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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Upcoming Events

Identifying Priorities to Improve Research at ESF

Tuesday, March 28, 2017, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm, 408 Baker Laboratory,

Hydrological System Science Seminar Series: Environmental Justice and Onondaga Lake

Tuesday, March 28, 2017, 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm, Moon Library Room 110, HSS Seminar Series on Onondaga Lake

Environmental Studies Seniors Showcase

Monday, April 3, 2017, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm, ESF Alumni (Nifkin) Lounge,

Hydrological System Science Seminar Series: Community Participation in Onondaga Lake Planning

Tuesday, April 4, 2017, 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm, Moon Library Room 110, HSS Seminar Series on Onondaga Lake

Featured Chemistry Paper

Health impacts from cyanobacteria harmful algae blooms: Implications for the North American Great Lakes

Wayne W. Carmichael, Gregory L. Boyer

Harmful blooms of algae can produce toxins (cyanotoxins) which cause acute poisoning or chronic health effects in humans and other organisms. This paper is one of very few to describe the chronic health effects, which tend to be under-reported. In addition, these blooms degrade agriculture, tourism, real estate, and water quality. These impacts have real economic and ecological costs worldwide. Many of these costs are not yet measured. This paper pulls together information on the occurrence of these blooms and their health effects. The analysis focuses on the Great Lakes, a region which has seen a significant resurgence of these blooms since the 1980s.

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121 Edwin C. Jahn Laboratory
1 Forestry Drive
Syracuse, NY 13210-2726 USA
(315) 470-6855
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