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Chemistry at ESF

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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

"Impacts of large-scale circulation on urban ambient concentrations of gaseous elemental mercury in New York, USA"

Huiting Mao, Dolly Hall, Zhuyun Ye, Ying Zhou, Dirk Felton, Leiming Zhang

Dr. Huiting Mao and her students and collaborators determined that emissions from across the Eastern US are the dominant major source of mercury in the air in New York City (NYC). The authors analyzed mercury concentrations measured between 2008 and 2015 at the New York Botanical Garden in the north Bronx. They found that large-scale circulation could completely alter the seasonal cycle of and significantly change the levels of mercury ambient concentration leading to great year-to-year variation in atmospheric mercury cycling. Simulations indicate that local sources only contribute an average of 25% while regional emissions account for 75?% to anthropogenically induced mercury concentrations. Results from this study suggest that the meteorological trends over recent decades could offset the effect on NYC mercury levels from decadal emission reductions of mercury.

Chemistry with a Purpose

Contact Us

SUNY-ESF Chemistry Department
121 Edwin C. Jahn Laboratory
1 Forestry Drive
Syracuse, NY 13210-2726 USA

(315) 470-6855
(315) 470-6856 (fax)