Chemistry & Biochemistry

School of Molecular Sciences

In 2015, the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Arizona State University 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.  

Innovation in Research and Education

Pioneering Researcher

Michael O'Keeffe is a towering figure in crystalline materials. He and ASU colleagues generated the first pictures of atomic orbitals and invented metal-organic framework structures (MOFs). From 2000 to 2010, he was the world's third most cited chemist.

Structural Revolution

Petra Fromme's group was part of the team that generated the first crystal structure of a protein using femtosecond X-ray nanocrystallography, a tool so powerful it promises to revolutionize the field of structural biology.

Critical COVID-19 Response

Joshua LaBaer leads ASU’s COVID-19 response that developed novel large-scale saliva-based PCR testing that protects the safety of ASU students, faculty and staff, and of essential workers and underserved populations statewide.

Access and Opportunity

The School of Molecular Sciences hosts the nation's only full online chemistry and biochemistry degrees, that feature innovative instructional models including hands-on lab courses that meet the needs of working students who are otherwise excluded from a college education.

Recent Faculty Awards

Michael O'Keeffe

Aminoff Prize

Peter Buseck

Roebling Medal 

C. Austen Angell

Gothenburg Lise Meitner Award 

Everett Shock

ACS Geochemistry Medal  

Recent Junior Faculty Recognition

New Faculty

Laura Ackerman
Sustainable synthesis and catalysis 

Kyle Biegasiewicz
Organic synthesis and biocatalysis 

Christina Birkel
Non-conventional synthesis of energy materials 

Audrone Lapinaite
Function and mechanisms of modified RNAs 

Alexandra Navrotsky

Returns to ASU
To lead 
The Navrotsky Eyring Center for the Materials of the Universe 

Timothy Long

Joins ASU
To lead 
The Center for Sustainable Macromolecular Materials and Manufacturing 

Teaching for Inclusion

ASU’s online chemistry and biochemistry degree programs are designed to provide diverse and underrepresented student populations access to a college education.

Research with Impact