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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.

Why ESF for Chemistry?

Featured Chemistry Paper

"A new mechanism for atmospheric mercury redox chemistry: implications for the global mercury budget"

Hannah M. Horowitz, Daniel J. Jacob, Yanxu Zhang, Theodore S. Dibble, Franz Slemr, Helen M. Amos, Johan A. Schmidt, Elizabeth S. Corbitt, Eloïse A. Marais, and Elsie M. Sunderland

Mercury (Hg) is emitted to the atmosphere mainly as gas phase atoms of mercury: Hg(0). Oxidation of Hg(0) to water-soluble mercury compounds plays a major role in the transfer of Hg to ecosystems. Here, we implement a new mechanism for atmospheric oxidation in the GEOS-Chem global model. The mechanism of Hg(0) oxidation starts with the reaction Hg + Br → HgBr. This is followed by second-stage oxidation of HgBr, which mainly occurs by reaction with NO2 and HOO radicals. The addition to the model of HgBr reactions with NO2 and HOO changes global Hg transfer to the Earth’s surface; specifically, deposition to tropical oceans increases. The resulting chemical lifetime of tropospheric Hg(0) against oxidation is 2.7 months, shorter than in previous models. The model reproduces the observed seasonal mercury variation at northern mid-latitudes. This paper was a collaboration among Dr. Theodore Dibble at ESF, scientists at Harvard, and two European scientists.

Chemistry with a Purpose

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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)