Department of Chemistry



Materials and Nanoscience

From synthesis to physical measurement to theory, chemistry is at the core of the broad field of nanoscience. Many faculty members in the department of chemistry actively pursue cutting-edge nanoscience research.

Synthetic groups develop new methods for generating novel fluorescent nanoparticles, nanotubes, well-defined macromolecules, colloidal-crystal arrays, and nanoporous materials.

Analytical and physical groups probe and harness the unique properties of nanostructures for the development of ultra-sensitive sensors for biomolecules and trace gases.

Theoretical groups model and predict the behavior of molecules and other nanoscale phenomena.

All of these efforts involve collaborations not only between different groups in chemistry (analytical, biological, organic, inorganic, theory, and physical) but also leading researchers in various departments at Pitt including physics, engineering, biology, and medicine. Therefore, participating graduate students and postdocs develop a strong foundation in chemistry and benefit from an enriching multidisciplinary educational experience.

Many Chemistry faculty are members of the Petersen Institute of NanoScience and Engineering. PINSE is an integrated, multidisciplinary organization that brings coherence to the University's research efforts and resources in the fields of nanoscale science and engineering. Learn more >