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

Research Seminar: Hydrologic Connectivity and Ecological Engineering Applications, C. Nathan Jones, PhD

Tuesday, February 28, 2017, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm, 437 Baker Lab,

Hydrological System Science Seminar Series: Plant Communities of the Onondaga Lake Watershed

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

Community Art Project

Tuesday, March 7, 2017, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm, Website

Workshop: Creativity over Conflict (Faculty and Staff)

Tuesday, March 7, 2017, 11:00 am - 12:20 pm, Gateway Event Center, Website

Featured Chemistry Paper

Synthesis of arborane triterpenols by a bacterial oxidosqualene cyclase

Amy B. Banta, Jeremy H. Wei, Clare C. C. Gill, José-Luis Giner, and Paula V. Welander

"From the name, you might guess that arboranes come from trees. But that doesn't account for molecular fossils that predate the rise of angiosperms. A paper just published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Science reports the discovery of arboranes in marine bacteria. These molecules could represent a missing link in the evolution of membrane lipids from those found in bacteria to membrane sterols such as cholesterol. Sterols are essential for eukaryotic life, including all plants and animals, so this discovery may shed light on the evolution of complex life. Dr. José Giner determined the structures of these compounds using the new 800 MHz NMR at ESF."

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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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