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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 students participate in research, gaining familiarity with the actual practice of chemistry.

Why ESF for Chemistry?

Featured Chemistry Paper

"Evaluation of CMAQ Coupled with a State-of-the-Art Mercury Chemical Mechanism (CMAQ-newHg-Br)"

Published in Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems

Mercury is a toxic pollutant that bioaccumulates in aquatic ecosystems. A major source of mercury to remote water bodies is the deposition of atmospheric mercury. Mercury deposition mostly occurs as mercury compounds formed by oxidation of atomic mercury vapor. Plans for emission reductions intended to reduce human exposure to mercury rely heavily on atmospheric mercury models. Unfortunately, mechanisms of mercury oxidation causes large uncertainties in model results. A team of investigators from four universities, led by Julia Ye and Huiting Mao of ESF, introduced a new tool that implements state-of-the-art mercury and halogen reaction mechanisms. The new model was developed based on the EPA-developed Community Multiscale Air Quality Modeling System (CMAQ). The new model shows greatly improved simulations of daily and seasonal cycles of concentrations of oxidized mercury and spatiotemporal patterns of mercury deposition. The new model is a promising tool that can be used with confidence to provide reliable scientific input for mercury emission control strategies.

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Upcoming Events

Department of Chemistry Capstone Seminar, Yuting Zhu, PhD Candidate
Monday, November 26, 2018 | 12:45 pm - 1:45 pm | 111 Marshall
Yuting Zhu PhD Candidate Capstone Seminar
Monday, November 26, 2018 | 12:45 pm - 1:45 pm | Marshall 111
Dissertation Defense - Yuting Zhu
Monday, November 26, 2018 | 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm | 122 Jahn
Chemistry Department Seminar Series: Dr. William Miller
Tuesday, November 27, 2018 | 11:00 am - 12:00 pm | 110 Moon Library

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)