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
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.
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
C. Austen Angell
Gothenburg Lise Meitner Award
ACS Geochemistry Medal
Recent Junior Faculty Recognition
Sustainable synthesis and catalysis
Organic synthesis and biocatalysis
Non-conventional synthesis of energy materials
Function and mechanisms of modiﬁed RNAs
Returns to ASU
The Navrotsky Eyring Center for the Materials of the Universe
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