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

July 19, 2018
Stephanopoulos receives NSF CAREER Award

Nick Stephanopoulos, assistant professor in Arizona State University's School of Molecular Sciences and member of the Biodesign Institute’s Center for Molecular Design and Biomimetics, has been named as a recipient of a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award.

Meilin Zhu and Humza Zubair

April 11, 2018
Two SMS juniors win Goldwater Scholarship

Arizona State University juniors Humza Zubair and Meilin Zhu have won Goldwater Scholarships, the most prestigious national award for undergraduates in math, science and engineering. They are both are both students in the School of Molecular Sciences and Barrett, The Honors College.

Investigating the shape of water

March 9, 2018
Investigating the shape of water

SMS Regents' Professor C. Austen Angell and his colleagues from the University of Amsterdam have published a new piece of research in Science on the first ever observation of one of the more intriguing properties of water predicted by theoreticians.


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.