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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Assistant or Associate Professor in Chemical Education

The Department of Chemistry at Iowa State University invites applications for a tenure track position at the Assistant or Associate Professor level in Chemistry Education. Applicants are welcome in all areas of Chemistry Education Research, including Assessment & Measurement, Curricular Materials Development, Pedagogical Innovation and Technology & Visualization. The candidate will be expected to teach a variety of undergraduate courses and graduate courses in chemical pedagogy; generate a strong record of scholarly publications and research support; advise undergraduate and graduate students; participate in departmental committees and outreach activities; and engage in interdisciplinary research and collaboration.

All faculty members are expected to exhibit and convey good citizenship within the program, the department, college, and university activities and collegial interactions, and maintain the highest standards of integrity and ethical behavior.

For further information about this position and to apply online, see https://www.iastatejobs.com/, posting number #500164 .  Applications should include a cover letter, a CV listing publications, a statement of teaching philosophy and interests, a statement of research plans (10 pages max), a statement of past research (5 pages max), and three references.  To be given full consideration, applications should be submitted by October 18, 2015.

The Department of Chemistry is pleased to announce new faculty joining us in 2015.


Robbyn K. Anand​

Robbyn K. Anand will join the chemistry faculty in August 2015 as an Assistant Professor. She earned her Ph.D. in 2010 from the University of Texas at Austin under the guidance of Prof. Richard M. Crooks with the support of an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. She developed microfluidic devices employing bipolar electrodes for electrokinetic focusing of charged species and membrane-free seawater desalination. Then, as an NIH Postdoctoral Fellow, she worked with Prof. Daniel T. Chiu at the University of Washington on the capture and analysis of circulating tumor cells. She pioneered a technique for dielectrophoretic manipulation of biological cells using extended electric field gradients. 


Jared Anderson

Jared Anderson,, Professor, will join the chemistry faculty in August 2015.  He earned his B.S. in 2000 from South Dakota State University and his Ph.D. from Iowa State University in 2005.  He joined the chemistry faculty at The University of Toledo where he rose through the ranks as an assistant professor (2005-2009), associate professor (2009-2011), and full professor (2011-2015).  Anderson was a recipient of a NSF CAREER Award, Emerging Leader in Chromatography Award given by LCGC Magazine, and the American Chemical Society Young Investigator in Separation Science Award.  In 2014, he was included in the “Top 40 under 40” Power List by the Analytical Scientist Magazine. 


Aaron Rossini

Aaron Rossini, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, received his B.Sc. in 2005 and Ph.D. in 2010 from the University of Windsor where he worked in the group of Prof. Robert W. Schurko on the development and application of solid-state NMR spectroscopy of unreceptive and exotic nuclei. From 2011 to 2014 he worked with Prof. Lyndon Emsley and Dr. Anne Lesage at the École Normale Supérieure de Lyon/CRMN Lyon as a Marie Curie post-doctoral fellow on the development and application of dynamic nuclear polarization (DNP) enhanced solid-state NMR spectroscopy. Following postdoctoral work at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne with Prof. Lyndon Emsley he will join the chemistry faculty at Iowa State University in August 2015.