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Message from the Interim Chair, Ira Taffer, PhD

Ira Taffer, PhD

Welcome to the Department of Chemistry at Drexel University! The department offers a BS degree certified by the American Chemical Society, as well as BA, MS and PhD degrees.

Our faculty members conduct high-profile research in a variety of areas, including analytical, atmospheric, bioinorganic, biophysical, computational, materials, organic, and polymer chemistry. Together with colleagues in physics, biology, the College of Engineering, and the College of Medicine, researchers in our department are involved in prominent interdisciplinary projects. Publications of our research appear in highly ranked journals. The citation and publication record of our faculty is excellent. I encourage you to view the individual websites of our research-active faculty members. Click here for a directory.

The department has multiple instrumentation facilities that serve the needs of undergraduate teaching and research groups: 300 and 500 Mhz Varian NMR spectrometers, an atomic force microscope, a mass spectrometry facility, an instrumentation laboratory with Gas chromatographs (GCs), high performance liquid chromatographs (HPLCs), Fourier-transform infrared spectrometer (IRs), atomic absorption spectrometers, UV-visible spectrophotometers, a fluorimeter, electro-analytical instrumentation, and a teaching laboratory for computational chemistry and molecular modeling. You can find more details here.

Our department is currently home to 150 undergraduate and more than 70 graduate students. Our undergraduates are encouraged to participate in faculty research programs as early as their freshman year. This provides a unique learning experience not found at many other institutions. Additionally, Drexel University distinguishes itself by offering a cooperative education program as a supplement to the traditional undergraduate experience. Each student participates in three, six-month periods of employment, many of which are paid opportunities. The high concentration of pharmaceutical and chemical firms in the Philadelphia area results in a wide range of professional opportunities.

Our graduates have gone on to be leaders in their fields. Many have been recognized for their contributions to academic, industrial and governmental research organizations around the world. Please explore our website or visit us on campus to learn more about the people, teaching and research activities of our department. If you have further questions, please call the main office at 215-895-2638. Our faculty and staff members are pleased to talk with you.

Ira Taffer, PhD
Interim Department Head
215.895.2644 | itaffer@drexel.edu