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a new chemistry and biochemistry

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The Evolution of Chemistry and Biochemistry

The School of Molecular Sciences at Arizona State University was created from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry in response to a natural evolution in the research activities of the faculty from pure discipline-based problems towards more mission-based projects, many of which extend beyond the boundaries of the traditional disciplines. Our faculty and students continue to expand fundemental understanding of moleular processes, but also apply this knowledge to address real-world problems.

The new School embraces this new role for traditional chemistry and biochemistry, and provides a use-inspired environment within which to train the next generation of students in ways that will allow them to thrive in an increasingly post-disciplinary scientific world.

Our Societal Impact

A major research goal of the School of Molecular Sciences is to develop molecular level solutions to major real-world societal problems, in areas such as energy, sustainability, diagnosis of disease, sensing and detection and the environment. Here are some of our major research areas.

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.

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.


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.



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