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Chemistry at ESF

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ESF's Department of Chemistry is uniquely organized around the interdisciplinary areas of biochemistry and natural products chemistry, environmental chemistry, and polymer chemistry. The department's 71,000-square-foot Edwin C. Jahn Laboratory is a state-of-the-art facility, fully equipped for modern chemical research and teaching.

Chemistry students gain a strong foundation in the traditional areas of analytical, inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry, but also in the integration of these areas into specialties aligned with the needs of the 21st century. All Chemistry majors participate in research, gaining familiarity with the actual practice of chemistry.

Why ESF for Chemistry?


Featured Chemistry Paper

Computational Study on the Photolysis of BrHgONO and the Reactions of BrHgO• with CH4, C2H6, NO, and NO2: Implications for Formation of Hg(II) Compounds in the Atmosphere.

Dr. Theodore Dibble, along with two undergraduate and two graduate students, identified the radical BrHgO• as being important in the gas-phase chemistry of mercury in the atmosphere. BrHgO• has never been characterized by any experimental method, so the team used computational chemistry to describe the reactions of this radical.

Graduate student Khoa T. Lam was the first author; he is finishing his M.S. this semester. Other authors include Yuge Jiao (Ph.D. 2017) and two undergraduate students: Curtis J. Wilhelmsen (B.S. 2017), and Abraham C. Schwid (B.S. 2019). Another manuscript, being revised in response to reviewer comments, completes the picture of BrHgO• reactivity shown in the figure below.