Welcome to Chemistry

The Central Science. Chemistry is the link that connects problems in the fundamental nature of matter to the most complex problems in the processes of life. Members of our department bring chemistry to life as cutting-edge researchers and as teachers for students across the university.

Undergraduates majoring in chemistry can go on to several professional fields, including medicine and graduate study, and are also in high demand in fields like secondary education.  Our commitment to teaching is also reflected in our desire to build a community environment and provide every opportunity of success for our undergraduates. Toward that end, we  have initiated  a Chemistry Learning Community for our first year and transfer students.

Our Ph.D. program has a history of cutting edge and often interdisciplinary research that will teach you to be an independent scientist, ready for a career in industry or academia. Our goal is to help you learn the most modern research techniques and to think creatively about solutions to major scientific problems.

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Come celebrate the 100th anniversary of Gilman Hall and the Department of Chemistry September 11-13, 2014. Information and event schedule can be found here: https://www.las.iastate.edu/events/gilman-100/

Going to the ACS meeting in San Francisco in August? Please join Dr. Tom Barton, ACS President and Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Chemistry, at a meet and greet in the Presidential Suite at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square on Monday, August 11th, 6:00-7:30 pm. Come and visit with fellow Cyclones!

The Department of Chemistry is pleased to announce that two new faculty members will be joining us in 2014 and 2015.

Brett VanVeller

Brett VanVeller comes to us from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Brett received his B.Sc. in chemistry from McMaster University (Canada) in 2006. He began his graduate studies with Professor Timothy M. Swager at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as an NSERC graduate fellow. After receiving his Ph.D. in 2011, he moved to the University of Wisconsin–Madison as a Canadian Institutes of Health Research Postdoctoral Fellow working with Professor Ronald T. Raines. He will join us in the fall of 2014.




Vincenzo Venditti

Vincenzo Venditti is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Institutes of Health. He received 

his Ph.D. from the University of Siena in 2009 and will join the department in January of 2015.







Jennifer Lee

Chemistry graduate student Jennifer Lee has a leading role in newly founded company in the sustainable chemistry sector.

Jennifer, a graduate student in the George Kraus group, took an entrepreneurship course that exposed her to the nuts and bolts of launching a start-up company. Now she's been bitten by the entrepreneurial bug. Read more about her exciting new role.


Hach Hall is open!
Take a look at our new Chemistry building: Hach Hall