Almost everyone involved in science at eventually performs a chemical analysis. For this reason, analytical chemistry touches many, if not all, scientific endeavors. At the same time, analytical chemistry is a field of scientific investigation in its own right.
Many of the forefronts in science rest at the interface between biology and chemistry. Our department has a strong interest in interdisciplinary biological chemistry. Interests in the department include protein folding, dynamics, enzymology, structure/function, biomarkers, inhibitors, screening and modeling of biological compounds and molecules.
Inorganic & Materials Division
Inorganic research at the University of Pittsburgh spans the entire periodic table seeking ways of synthesizing new molecules and cutting-edge materials. Synthesis, characterization, and computational modeling are all areas covered by the division.
The Department of Chemistry at the University of Pittsburgh has a long and lustrous record in organic chemistry. Our traditional strengths are in organic synthesis, molecular recognition, and physical organic chemistry.
Physical chemistry is central to all of molecular science, seeking fundamental understanding in areas as diverse as the structure and function of biomolecules, to molecular electronics, nanomaterials, molecular dynamics and reactivity, and biosensors. In our department, faculty research focuses on developing fundamental techniques, instrumentation, and computational simulation methods, and applying these to both biological, materials, and energy problems.