Chemistry and Biochemistry
The world is full of questions.
We turn to scientists for answers to many of them. Is this water safe to drink? Will these two things explode if I mix them together? Whether you want to be a toxicologist testing the safety of our water and soil, a materials scientist designing the next solar cell, or a forensic chemist analyzing crime scene evidence, we need people like you—people with answers.
Undergraduate Degree Programs
Bachelor of Science in Chemistry
Chemists work to remediate air pollution or create novel antibiotics. They study gold nanoparticles, crystal engineering, and organic superconductors. Our program will prepare you to make a career out of solving problems and answering tough questions that have a real impact on our lives and environment.
Minor in Chemistry
The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry offers two minors and participates in the Computational Science Interdisciplinary minor.
Synthetic Organic Chemistry
Dr. Stephenson focuses on the synthesis of sensors based on supermolecular interactions, utilizing synthetic organic chemistry to form useful new materials; in other words, his main interest is in studying the interaction of molecules in order to make biocompatible sensing materials. Specifically, Dr. Stephenson's projects work to synthesize and study new sensors based on xanthene dyes such as rhodamine B. The sensors are formed by modifying existing dyes to have specific functions.
Organic Superconductor Synthesis
Students working under Dr. Qin will have the opportunity to synthesize novel charge transfer complexes based on sulfur-rich, aromatic, heterocyclic molecules; students will then test these compounds as new organic conductors and superconductors that could help form the basis for superconducting power grids.
Dr. Lynn Vogel Koplitz studies non-covalent interactions in crystals using synthesis, crystal growth, X-ray diffraction, spectroscopic, calorimetric, and computational methods. Undergraduate students in her research group also collaborate with other scientists at Loyola, Xavier, and Tulane to determine properties of a model set of organic salts. Their discoveries can be used in the fields of crystal engineering, supramolecular design, and drug/target interaction.