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Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate scientific research is an activity that has many benefits: you gain experience that may be useful to you in future study or your career; you form a professional relationship with your supervisor that can serve as the basis for a letter of recommendation; and you get course credit and may even get paid!  Perhaps the most important benefit is the understanding you gain as to how scientific information is accumulated and ideas developed, and how you fit into the picture - is this what you want to spend your life doing?  In fact, your participation in research may turn out to be the most important aspect of your college experience.

The following is a list of professors who have expressed particular interest in including undergraduates in their research groups.  Please also review their web pages at After reviewing their web pages,  speak to or contact by email professors whose classes and whose research you find interesting.  Ask to meet with them to talk about the possibility of joining their research group. 

If you have any other questions regarding undergraduate research in the Chemistry Department, you may contact the Undergraduate Program Director Studies.  Note that registration in CHE 487 or 495-496 can be accomplished only through the Department office.  Please fill out the "Advanced Course Permission Request Form," have it signed by the faculty member who will supervise your research, then submit the form to staff in the Main Office of the Department of Chemistry (Room 104, Chemistry Building).

Unless otherwise specified, all rooms given below are in the Chemistry Building. Be sure to arrange all research opportunities well in advance of the term you wish to begin research.

Academic Year 2022-2023 Research Opportunities:

Name Area or Research Topic Room Phone
Allison Ultrafast Spectroscope  576 2-8199
Amarante Synthesis and Characterization of Inorganic/Organometallic Complexes 509  2-2043 
Aubrecht Green and Sustainable Chemistry:Chemistry Education Research 409 2-7901
Bhatia Polymer Gels for Drug Delivery and Biomaterials, Nanoparticle Assembly, Scattering Studies and Physical Chemistry of Polymers and Biomacromolecules 441 2-7788
Boon Nitric Oxide Sensing & Signaling in Bacteria & The Molecular Mechanisms of Biofilm Formation & Quorum Sensing 547 2-7945
Boros Metal Complexes as Molecular Imaging Tools for Cancer and Infection                                      567 2-8572
Carrico Protein Engineering and Chemical Biology 533 2-7935
Chiu Development of Methods for Synthesizing & Characterizing Organic Materials 669 2-9548
Drueckhammer Organic Synthesis, Molecular Recognition, Computer-guided Design 741 2-7923
Grubbs Polymer & Nanomaterial Synthesis 749 2-7911
Honda Development of Novel & Highly Bioactive Michael Acceptors 743 2-7162
Hsiao Nanocellulose Chemistry for Water Purification 479 2-7793
Jia Nuclear Chemistry & Relativistic Heavy-ion Collisions 461 2-7905
Johnson, C.  Chemistry at the Surface of Particles from Nanoscience to the Atmosphere                                521 2-7577
Johnson, F.  New Drugs from Ethnobotanicals & Chemistry, Toxicology & Repair of DNA Adducts 607 2-8866
Khalifah Solid State Chemistry; Battery Materials; Material Genomics; Synthesis Science X-ray and Neutron Diffraction; Crystal Growth; Computational Modeling                       447 2-7796
Koga* Green Nanomanufacturing of Functional Polymeric Surfaces Using Advanced X-ray & Neutron Scattering Techniques O. Eng 318 2-8485
Lacey Nuclear Chemistry and Physics 459 2-7955
Laughlin Chemical Neuroscience: Chemical Approaches to Controlling & Visualizing the Brain’s Neural Circuit 529 2-2642
Levine Theory and simulation of electronic excited states  L156 IACS/ Chemistry 575 2-2381
Lipshultz Organic Reaction Development, Organic and Organometallic Photocatalysis 713  
Liu, Ping* Theoretical Modeling in Heterogeneous Catalysis and Electrocatalysis                                      BNL 2-5970
Marschilok Electrochemistry & Engineering of Composite Electrodes Associated with the Oxygen Reduction Reaction & Lithium-Air Batteries   2-7909
Mayr Inorganic & Organometallic Chemistry     721 2-7951
Miller* Development & Application of Chemical Imaging for the Study of Biological Cells & Tissues 725D 344-2091
Nagan Computational Studies of Ribonucleic Acid Recognition                                                                430 2-5793
Ngai Molecular Editing in Organic Chemistry 767 2-2641
Ojima Synthetic Organic & Medicinal Chemistry at the Biomedical Interface 717 2-1339
Orlov Materials Science and Chemical Engineering Applications of Novel Nanomaterials  Hvy Eng 216 2-9978
Parise Synthetic Solid State Chemistry & In Situ X-Ray Diffraction, Chemistry at High Pressure ESS 238 2-8196
Patterson Mechanistic Computational Chemistry 465 2-7449
Raleigh Protein Folding & Misfolding in Human Disease 647 2-9547
Raineri Influence of Solvation on the Rates of Electron Transfer Reactions 437 2-7898
Rizzo Computational Biology MAT 101 2-9340
Rodriquez* Catalysis and Surface Chemistry BNL 344-2246
Sampson Chemical Biology of Fertilization, Polymer Synthesis & M. tuberculosis Catalyzed Sterol Oxidation 659 2-7952
Sears Precision Spectroscopy of Small Molecules 559 2-1144
Seeliger Molecular Mechanisms by which Bacteria Make & Modify Lipid Membranes, Focusing on Pathogenic Bacteria such as Mycobacterium Tuberculosis, which Causes Tuberculosis CMM 448 2-1674
Simmerling Using Supercomputers to Study Structural Biology, DNA Repair & Drug Resistance Laufer Ctr. 2-5424
Takeuchi, E. Chemistry, Electrochemistry & Engineering Associated with all Aspects of Energy Storage (Battery) Technologies 667 2-7922
Takeuchi, K Chemistry & Electrochemistry of Nano-structured Redox Active Inorganic Materials with Application towards Energy Storage 547 2-7922
Tonge Chemical Biology, Pharmacology, Mechanism of Drug Action, Anticancer and Antibacterial Drug Discovery, Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Imaging                633 2-7907
Wang Landscape Theory of Biomolecular Interactions & Networks 433 2-1185
White Surface Chemistry & Dynamics 541 2-1722
Wong Physical, Biological, and Chemical Applications of Nanoscience & Nanotechnology 415 2-1703
Zhu* Electron Microscopy, Solid-state Physics; Nanoscale Materials Science & Engineering BNL 344-3057

*These faculty members or affiliates are located at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL).