Department of Chemistry

Mathematics and Science Center,
Room 260
146 Library Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4479
(location map)
(248) 370-2320
fax: 370-2321

Professor Colin Wu receives research award from the American Heart Association

Dr. Colin Wu, an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry, has been awarded a $150,000 grant from the American Heart Association to study how damaged DNA is repaired in human cells.  Prof. Wu and his students use biochemical, biophysical, and structural methods to determine the molecular basis of these mechanisms.  The work sponsored by this award will be especially useful for developing effective strategies for detecting, treating, and curing cardiovascular disease.  To learn more about Prof. Wu’s research, please visit his research web page.

Chemistry and art come together with 3D printed models of molecules.

Chemistry student Michael Skrzycki and professor Evan Trivedi teamed up with Oakland University Art and Art History Department professor David Lambert in the Makers' Studio to create these 3D molecule models to aid in their teaching. #ThisIsOU

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Department of Chemistry

The Department of Chemistry offers a full curriculum in undergraduate and graduate education in the chemical sciences. 

Our faculty are committed to providing the highest quality teaching and research. Research participation by undergraduates is a distinctive part of the department's activity. Our students have the opportunity to carry out research projects at the forefront of chemical, biochemical, and environmental research. Undergraduates often publish their research in internationally recognized journals as well as present their work at national meetings of the Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society

The department is housed in the Mathematics and Science Center (MSC) with advanced research laboratory facilities and renovated teaching laboratories. We are well-equipped with modern instrumentation for chemical research and teaching. Major instruments include high-performance computational chemistry facilities, advanced instrumentation such as Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR), Electron Spin Resonance (ESR), Inductively Coupled Plasma (ICP)- and Gas Chromatography (GC)-mass spectrometers; Infrared (IR), UV-visible and fluorescence spectrometers; dry boxes, a solvent purification system; and instruments for biochemistry such as flow cytometers, ultracentrifuges, and cell culture facilities. Recently, we installed a new Liquid Chromatography Time of Flight (ToF LC)-mass spectrometer.