Purdue University’s analytical
chemistry program is widely held to be the top graduate program in the United
States. With 18 faculty members and more than 110 graduate and undergraduate
students, our program is one of the largest in the world as well.
Inorganic chemistry, by definition,
encompasses the entire periodic table. Thus, the field is extremely
diverse. From solid-state materials to the inorganic biochemistry of life to
nanotechnology, the research interests of the Purdue inorganic faculty promise
exciting choices for the graduate student.
Purdue University’s Biochemistry core
area offers leading-edge research programs for studies of biological
systems. Our multidisciplinary programs encompass both fundamental and
From drugs to polymers to synthetic
fuels, there are few areas of life today where one does not feel the impact of
organic chemistry. This broad discipline extends from the use of a sophisticated
analytical instrument to the synthesis of a complex natural product or the
study of biological macromolecules such as proteins and nucleic acids.
Purdue University houses one of the few
groups studying the factors that affect how students learn chemistry and how
best to teach chemistry.
Recent developments in materials
chemistry offer new avenues for designing advanced materials with novel
physical properties or application toward human health. Conversely,
contemporary challenges in the physical and life sciences now require an
innovative departure from traditional materials and methods.
Fundamental advances in chemistry,
biochemistry, and molecular biology have provided unprecedented opportunities
to probe living systems at a molecular level. These advances have led to the
development of a rapidly growing multidisciplinary field -- Chemical Biology.
Within Chemical Biology, groundbreaking chemical methodology may be applied to
the elucidation of essential biological processes.
G. N. Lewis once defined physical
chemistry as anything that is interesting; that is still the most concise and
accurate description of this diverse and fascinating field.
There are a small band of
chemists who perform no experiments. Their desks are their laboratories and
computers are their main instruments. These theoretical chemists replace the
laboratory equipment of the experimentalist with mental tools like imagination
and mathematical analysis.