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Seeley G. Mudd 418
(213) 740-7036
FAX: (213) 740-2701

Chair: Charles E. McKenna, Ph.D.


Distinguished Professor and Donald P. and Katherine B. Loker Chair in Organic Chemistry: George A. Olah, Ph.D.

Lloyd Armstrong, Jr. Chair for Science and Engineering: Hanna Reisler, Ph.D.

Ray R. Irani, Chairman of Occidental Petroleum Corp., Chair in Chemistry: James F. Haw, Ph.D.

Paul A. Miller Chair in Letters, Arts and Sciences: Curt Wittig, Ph.D.

Harold and Lillian Moulton Chair in Organic/Polymer Chemistry: Nicos Petasis, Ph.D.

George A. and Judith A. Olah Nobel Laureate Chair in Hydrocarbon Chemistry: G.K. Surya Prakash, Ph.D.

Professors: Stephen E. Bradforth, Ph.D.; Xiaojiang Chen, Ph.D. (Biological Sciences); Thomas C. Flood, Ph.D.; Myron F. Goodman, Ph.D. (Biological Sciences); Thieo E. Hogen-Esch, Ph.D.; Anna Krylov, Ph.D.; Chi H. Mak, Ph.D.*; Charles E. McKenna, Ph.D.; Richard W. Roberts, Ph.D.; Kenneth L. Servis, Ph.D. (Dean, Academic Records and Registrar); Lawrence A. Singer, Ph.D.*; Philip J. Stephens, D. Phil.; Mark E. Thompson, Ph.D.; Andrey Vilesov, Ph.D.; Arieh Warshel, Ph.D.

Associate Professors: Alexander Benderskii, Ph.D.; Lin Chen, Ph.D. (Biological Sciences); Kyung Woon Jung, Ph.D.; Daniel A. Lidar, Ph.D.

Assistant Professors: Richard L. Brutchey, Jr., Ph.D.; Stephen B. Cronin, Ph.D. (Electrical Engineering/Electrophysics); Peter Z. Qin, Ph.D.; Barry C. Thompson, Ph.D.; Clay C. Wang, Ph.D. (Pharmaceutical Sciences); Travis J. Williams, Ph.D.; Chongwu Zhou, Ph.D. (Electrical Engineering)

Adjunct Professor: Karl O. Christe, Ph.D.

Emeritus Professors: Robert A. Beaudet, Ph.D.; Sidney W. Benson, Ph.D.; David A. Dows, Ph.D.; Otto Schnepp, Ph.D.; Gerald A. Segal, Ph.D.; Howard S. Taylor, Ph.D.; William P. Weber, Ph.D.*

*Recipient of university-wide or college teaching award.


The Department of Chemistry offers degree programs which provide undergraduate and graduate students with core instruction and excellent research opportunities. Undergraduate programs leading to the B.S. and B.A. degrees are offered. The B.S. degree is intended for persons preparing for careers in chemistry and satisfies the guidelines for a chemistry degree recommended by the American Chemical Society. The B.A. degree is designed for students who wish a concentration of course work in chemistry, but who have career plans in the health sciences, business or law. In addition, a chemistry minor is available for students who want a broader exposure to the chemical sciences. The B.S. in Biochemistry is offered as a joint program with the Department of Biological Sciences. A minor program in biotechnology is also offered by the Departments of Biological Sciences and Chemistry and the Marshall School of Business. Graduate programs are offered leading to the Master of Arts, Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry.