School of Chemistry & Materials Science
College of Science
The recently formed School of Chemistry and Materials Science is home to undergraduate degree programs in Chemistry and Biochemistry and to M.S. degree programs in Chemistry and Materials Science & Engineering. In Chemistry we focus on materials at the molecular and atomic level. In Biochemistry we use the same approach on the molecules found in living systems. Our Materials Science & Engineering students learn about the chemical, physical and mechanical properties of interesting new materials such as carbon nanotubes. Many of our undergraduates and all of our M.S. students engage in research with our faculty. You can find out about avaiable projects by visiting the individual faculty pages under the directory tab. The news section on this page frequently highlights awards that our faculty members have earned. We are proud of the preparation our students receive as they build their future careers, whether that involves a position in industry or further education in graduate or professional school.
Sincerely, Dr. Paul Craig, School Head
News & Events
"To make a difference, you sometimes need to step outside your comfort zone and reinvent yourself." It's this attitude that has got Dr Andrew Benowitz, a 1993 graduate of the RIT chemistry program, to where he is today – head of GSK's haemoglobin research centre in Upper Providence, Pennsylvania.
The Michel group received funding from The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation to provide deaf and hard-of-hearing students a hands-on research experience.
The NSF award (Award #1335927 ) is on Ultra high boiling performance on nano/microstructured surfaces through electrodeposition of copper and graphene for a period of three years. The project is joint venture of both Prof. S. Kandlikar (COE) (PI) and Prof. K.S.V. Santhanam (COS) (Co-PI).
Christopher Collison (Principal Investigator)
and Jeremy Cody (Co-Principal Investigator) were awarded a grant from the NSF ENERGY FOR SUSTAINABILITY Program
Title: Novel Squaraines for Enhanced Near Infra-red-active Organic.
Scientists at Rochester Institute of Technology and Dowling College are engaged in a similar game with higher stakes. Instead of cards, they are matching the protein to the job it performs in the human body. Their research could lead to drugs that target proteins and switch on or off specific functions associated with various diseases.
Each year, senior leaders select one graduate from each college who represents the best of RIT. This year, RIT will honor 10 distinguished alumni who stand out among the nearly 110,000 accomplished graduates. The awardee from the College of Science is an alumnus of the Chemistry Department and we couldn't be prouder!
Two RIT students have been awarded a David Pasto Co-op Fellowship Award. The Pasto award is given each year to chemistry students who show an interest in conducting research.