At UO, students work in a host of cutting-edge labs and interdisciplinary institutes. Research provides students with training in experimental methods and logic; allows participation in hands-on research within the lab that synergizes with coursework; provides skills to secure post-graduation employment; and helps students decide among various career paths. 


Student working lab with lasers

Research Areas in Chemistry and Biochemistry

Looking for a faculty expert or mentor in chemistry or biochemistry? Our faculty researchers are at the forefront of scientific development in numerous areas. Our interdisciplinary approach to research means students are not limited to faculty members in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and may conduct their research in related areas of science.

Our Research Facilities

Modern research instrumentation is an integral part of cutting-edge science. Faculty and students in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry conduct research using comprehensive collection of state-of-the-art instrumentation and research facilities.

Research Facilities

Interdisciplinary Research Institutes

Many of the advances in chemical science are now taking place at the boundaries between traditionally defined disciplines. Chemical scientists at UO cross departmental and disciplinary boundaries to follow their curiosity by participating in joint research through various research institutes and labs devoted to materials science, molecular biology, optics, and theoretical science.

Interdisciplinary Opportunities

Chemistry graduate student Gabe Rudebusch

Synthesizing Compounds with Potential Impact

"Potentially our approach could help to make organic solar cells more efficient than silicon solar cells, but that's probably far in the future. Our synthesis is rapid and efficient. We easily can make a gram of this compound, which is very stable when exposed to oxygen and heat. This high stability for biradical compounds is almost unheard of in the literature."

–Gabe Rudebusch, Chemistry doctoral student, '16

Periodic table

Explore Our Research

Recent research by chemistry and biochemistry faculty includes a variety of topics relating to brand-new kind of nanomaterial, nanoscale semiconductors, and breakthroughs in biointegrated devices. Read about the latest research from our department.

Recent Publications


July 11, 2024
CHEMISTRY AND BIOCHEMISTRY - College of Arts and Science remembers John Edwin Baldwin, a longtime faculty member in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and former dean of the college. Deeply interested in his field of physical organic chemistry and dedicated to the universities where he worked, as well as to his broader scholarly community, Baldwin developed a reputation as a gifted and meticulous scholar, researcher, collaborator, and legendary teacher and mentor. He died May 26, 2024. He was 86.
July 3, 2024
Three College of Arts and Sciences researchers have received the National Science Foundation’s most prestigious honor for early-career faculty members in the past year: Luca Mazzucato (biology, mathematics and physics), Brittany Erickson (computer science and earth sciences) and Julia Widom (chemistry). Known as the CAREER Awards, the organization recognizes and fosters rising stars by funding innovative research.
April 23, 2024
CHEMISTRY AND BIOCHEMISTRY - Physics Magazine talks with faculty Paul Kempler about the Oregon Center for Electrochemistry’s Master’s Internship Program that provides students with hands-on experience working with industry partners.