Molecular solutions
to real-life challenges

A new approach to chemistry and biochemistry

We’re transcending scientific boundaries to address societal challenges

The traditional disciplines of chemistry and biochemistry are evolving and maturing. In response, the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Arizona State University has reorganized into the new School of Molecular Sciences.  The School is defining a new approach to research and academics in the molecular sciences and creating a use-inspired environment in which to train a new generation of undergraduate and graduate students for success in an increasingly post-disciplinary scientific world.

Our faculty and students are using a deep understanding of fundamental molecular structure, properties and synthesis to address real-life societal challenges from the molecular perspective.  Research activities have reorganized around six main themes:

In the news

Spring 2017 Grad Profile Capria Rinaldi

May 2, 2017
Biochemistry senior shines with research

The accomplishments of School of Molecular Sciences bichemistry major Capria Rinaldi are highlighted in an article on graduating seniors for spring 2017 commencement. Capria excelled in both coursework and in the research lab.

Alex Green awarded 2017 Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Research Fellowship

February 28, 2017
Alex Green awarded 2017 Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Research Fellowship

Alex Green of the School of Molecular Sciences and the Biodesign Center for Molecular Design and Biomimetics has been awarded a prestigious 2017 Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Research Fellowship. Alex has been recognized for his work on computationally designed functional RNAs.



Ryan Trovitch receives NSF CAREER Award

March 15, 2017
Ryan Trovitch receives NSF CAREER Award

Ryan Trovitch, assistant Professor in the School of Molecular Sciences, has received a competitive National Science Foundation CAREER award. Ryan's award is entitled "Development of Manganese Hydrosilylation Catalysts for Silicone Curing". The Trovich group is developing new low cost catalysts for silicone polymers, which represent a $15B/yr worldwide industry.


Undergraduate Students at SMS

The Undergraduate Experience

Students receive a strong background in modern chemistry and biochemistry in a use-inspired environment that prepares them for a wide variety of careers. Students can also get involved in transdisciplinary research and learn how molecular science addresses contemporary societal problems.

The Graduate Experience

Graduate students in the School of Molecular Sciences train in fundamental molecular science and learn how to contribute to important mission-based research from the molecular perspective. Our programs are designed to train students to be leaders in contemporary molecular science.

SMS Faculty

Our Faculty

The faculty in the School of Molecular Sciences include the best in their fields. Our faculty have a strong track record and international reputation for interdisciplinary work that extends the traditional boundaries of chemistry and biochemistry, and for publications in the highest-level scientific journals.