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Pioneers in Research

Faculty and students work side-by-side to address the diverse challenges facing our planet in the areas of energy, environment and health.

Department of Chemistry

Drexel University’s Department of Chemistry is dedicated to excellence in education and advanced research in chemical sciences. Chemistry is often called "the central science" because it drives all life processes and is the foundation of modern technology. Students in Drexel University’s undergraduate and graduate chemistry programs study the traditional disciplines of chemistry and explore the workings of chemistry in the natural and technological worlds.

Chemistry 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’s distinct cooperative education program provides valuable, real-world experience to enhance the traditional undergraduate experience. Each student participates in three, six-month periods of full-time employment. Many of these positions are paid opportunities.

The high concentration of pharmaceutical and chemical firms in the Philadelphia area provides a wide range of co-op and professional opportunities. Drexel’s chemistry graduates have gone on to be leaders in their fields and many have been recognized for their contributions to academic, industrial and governmental research organizations around the world.

Student Spotlight

"I started doing research the summer after my freshman year and fell in love with it. It was just everything I ever wanted to do."

Dzmitry Malyshka
BS Chemistry '17

Learn more about research

Mission Statement

The Department of Chemistry produces graduates who:

  • Are well prepared for successful careers and leadership positions that require broad knowledge of chemistry to meet the diverse challenges our planet faces in the areas of energy, environment and health.
  • Possess the critical-thinking and problem-solving skills necessary for lifelong achievement.


More Faculty
Daniel King, PhD

Daniel King, PhD

Chemistry Education

Fraser Fleming, PhD

Fraser Fleming, PhD

Nitriles & Isonitriles

Peter DeCarlo, PhD

Peter DeCarlo, PhD

Outdoor Air Quality

Reinhard Schweitzer-Stenner, PhD

Vibrational Spectroscopy

Questions? Contact Us.

Department of Chemistry
Disque Hall | Room 305
3245 Chestnut Street | Philadelphia, PA 19104

215.895.2638 |