Welcome from the Director

In 2016, the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at ASU became the School of Molecular Sciences, to recognize the fact that modern chemical science now has profound impact well beyond the traditional disciplinary boundaries of chemistry and biochemistry.  Scientific discovery in the 21st century is inescapably contextual, and society increasingly looks to science and technology to provide solutions to its most pressing problems, such as in medicine, energy and the environment.  At the heart of all new technology is fundamental molecular and material structure and function.

Our mission is to extend the limits of understanding in molecular and materials science, translate what we learn into meaningful applications of societal relevance and pass that understanding and passion for discovery on to a new generation of scientists. Whether you are prospective student, a colleague looking to collaborate, a company that wants to work with us, or a member of the community who wants to become involved, we invite you to browse our website and learn about the ever widening sphere of activity that makes up the ASU School of Molecular Sciences.

Ian Gould

President’s Professor
Interim Director

Molecular Sciences by the Numbers


ranking worldwide in high-impact journal citations


ranking in number of graduating chemistry and biochemistry majors


ranking in publications in the journals Science and Nature