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Graduate students in the School of Molecular Sciences are engaged in research activities that range from expanding fundamental chemistry and biochemistry, to solving real-life, mission-based problems that transcend traditional disciplinary boundaries. Our students are addressing major societal challenges from a molecular perspective.
These research experiences provide our students with a training that will enable them to be successful in a scientific world where the boundaries between traditional disciplines are rapidly disappearing, and that will be relevant going into the new century.
ASU has a long history of high visibility, interdisciplinary research that has stretched the boundaries of traditional chemistry and biochemistry. Building on this legacy, research in the School of Molecular Sciences has been reorganized around six contemporary themes. Students can also ground their work in the traditional research areas and use this route to build bridges to contemporary problem-based research.
The faculty in the School of Molecular Sciences include the best in their fields. Our faculty have a strong track record and international reputation for research that is not constrained by the boundaries of the traditional areas of chemistry and biochemistry disciplines, and for publications in the highest-impact scientific journals.
While students can gain experience and skills in the traditional areas of chemistry and biochemistry, such as analytical, organic, physical and inorganic chemistry, most students choose to take advantage of the opportunities afforded by the School to get involved in larger interdisciplinary research projects aimed at solving real-world societal problems.
The School of Molecular Sciences ranks highly in publication impact and in publications in the highest visibility journals, and our graduate students publish regularly in journals such as JACS, Science, and Nature.