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

Michael O’Keeffe wins Aminoff Prize in crystallography

September 19, 2018
O'Keeffe wins Aminoff Prize in crystallography

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has announced that ASU Regents' Professor O’Keeffe and Yaghi, of the University of California, Berkeley, have won the prestigious Gregori Aminoff Prize in Crystallography for 2019, “for their fundamental contributions to the development of reticular chemistry."

 

Nick Stephanopoulos receives NSF CAREER Award

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.

2018 Goldwater Scholarship Winners

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.

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.