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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

"The metabolite dimethylsulfoxonium propionate extends the marine organosulfur cycle"

Dr. David Kieber of the Department of Chemistry and Ph.D. student Liang Chen worked on the project with collaborators from the Friedrich-Schiller University Jena in Germany. Their study was published in the prestigious science journal Nature.

The new molecule is produced in ocean waters over most of the globe. The newly discovered molecule is called dimethylsulfoxonium propionate (DMSOP). It is present in marine algae that contain compound dimethylsulfoniopropionate (DMSP), a well-known antioxidant that is produced by marine algae in massive quantities - 2 billion tons annually - on a global scale. But unlike DMSP, DMSOP has no known biological functions and is a member of a structural class of molecules that is virtually unknown in nature.

DMSP is ubiquitous in the surface oceans and has been studied intensively for more than 30 years because scientists believe it affects climate through the production of a volatile gas (and common laboratory solvent), dimethylsulfide. Kieber is also interested in DMSP because it is a key compound in harmful marine algal blooms that plague coastal communities worldwide. It also plays a significant role in the occurrence of several large algal blooms in Antarctica, which he has studied in past projects.

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Upcoming Events

Coffee Break
Friday, February 15, 2019 | 9:30 am - 10:30 am | 314 Bray Hall | Website
Citation Managers - Skill Sharpener Workshop
Thursday, February 21, 2019 | 11:00 am - 12:00 pm | 110 Moon Library
Career Development Series: Making Connections: Alumni and Student Networking Event
Tuesday, February 26, 2019 | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm | Nifkin Lounge
Spring Environmental Career Fair
Wednesday, February 27, 2019 | 10:30 am - 2:30 pm | The Gateway Center | Event Website

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)