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Chemistry & Biochemistry Research

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Researching new frontiers in chemistry and biochemistry

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Research Areas

The Chemistry & Biochemistry Department has dynamic research programs in the traditional areas of analytical, biochemical, inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry. In addition, many faculty members have cutting-edge research programs that investigate cross-disciplinary problems. This provides both graduate and undergraduate students the ability to gain expertise in multiple areas in chemistry and related disciplines.

Biological and forensic analysis, nanomedicine, nanobiotechnology, biological mass spectrometry

Probing the mysteries of living organisms by studying the collective behavior of atoms, molecules and cells

Pursuing innovative main group and transition metal chemistry toward applications in biology, catalysis and materials

Designing novel medicinal agents, smart supramolecular architectures and developing new synthetic methods

Materials science including nanoscience and solid-state, surface, synthetic and polymer chemistry

Innovative teaching, undergraduate research with renowned faculty, accredited chemistry and forensic programs

Special Research Exchange Program with the University of Leipzig

Since 2002, the Chemistry & Biochemistry at the Materials Interface (CBMI) research exchange program has enriched education and research in the Chemistry & Biochemistry Department and affiliated programs at Ohio University. Involving a mutual exchange with the Fakultät für Chemie und Mineralogie at the Universität Leipzig, students and faculty from all the disciplinary areas in the department have traveled to Leipzig to give seminars, conduct research and/or hosted visiting students and faculty from Leipzig. The emphasis from the very beginning has been to build connections, both research collaborations and lifelong friendships. The CBMI program has been developed to build strong research connections between Leipzig and OHIO. As a consequence, multiple, multi-year joint faculty research projects have developed that involve undergraduate and graduate students at both universities.

The thematic focus of this research exchange program is the chemistry, biochemistry and biotechnology of molecular interactions, interfaces and materials (e.g. properties, construction, synthesis). Some examples are the study of biomaterials; biopolymers; molecular devices (e.g. bio-macromolecular switches, drug discovery, supramolecular catalysis, host-guest interactions); along with the study of novel construction and synthetic methods for chemical and biochemical materials (e.g. chemical actuators and displays, combinatorial libraries).

Chemistry & Biochemistry graduate students interested in doing research in Leipzig as part of their graduate program can find details on the CBMI Exchange Program webpage. Fill out the online exchange application form by clicking "Apply Here" on the right hand side of the Office of Global Opportunities website Select the Leipzig CBMI exchange. If you have problems finding the correct program or have any technical questions about the online form, please contact Kirsten Dabelko in the Office of Global Opportunities. When a student is accepted to the Leipzig exchange program, the CBMI director (Dr. Jennifer Hines) works with his or her research adviser and the faculty at Leipzig to set up a research exchange program.

Estimated expenses for the research exchange program are listed with the online application. There are some possible financial support opportunities listed on the Global Opportunities website. Your research adviser may know of additional opportunities. If you are officially enrolled as a student in the accelerated Chemistry master’s program and go on the Leipzig exchange for eight weeks (or longer), there may be some funding available in Leipzig to help with living expenses, please contact Dr. Hines for details.

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