Molecular Science

a new chemistry and biochemistry

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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

School of Molecular Sciences




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

September 26, 2019
Angell receives 2019 Lise Meitner award

ASU Regents Professor Austen Angell of the School of Molecular Sciences received the 2019 Lise Meitner Award "For inventing the concept of fragility of glass-forming liquids”.

The Gothenburg Lise Meitner Award is presented every year to a scientist who has made a breakthrough discovery in physics.


SMS Junior Wins National Award as an Up-and-Coming Scientist

May 8, 2019
SMS Junior Wins National Award

Madeleine Howell, an SMS junior majoring in chemistry who is already involved in basic research has won a Goldwater Scholarship, the nation’s premier award for undergraduates studying science, math and engineering.

Since 2009, SMS has been awarded 10 Goldwater scholarships, which is more than one third of the total awarded to ASU in this time period.

ASU Emeritus Regents' Professor Michael O’Keeffe (left) receives the Aminoff prize from His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, with Professor Omar Yaghi observing.

April 12, 2019
O'Keeffe and Yaghi receive Aminoff Prize

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has just awarded the 2019 Gregori Aminoff Prize in Crystallography to ASU Emeritus Regents' Professor Michael O’Keeffe and Professor Omar M. Yaghi, of the University of California, Berkeley, “for their fundamental contributions to the development of reticular chemistry.” The honor was personally awarded by His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden.

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