Chemistry: Chemical Physics

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Ph.D. Chemistry: Chemical Physics

The Department of Chemistry, jointly with the Department of Physics and Astronomy, offers a program leading to a Ph.D. in Chemical Physics. For mathematically inclined chemistry graduate students or the atomic-molecularly focused physics graduate students, this combined program builds on the strengths of these students while preparing them for careers at this recognized interdisciplinary boundary in areas such as designing materials for energy production and utilization, basic issues in surface interactions and catalysis, and complex issues in biochemistry.

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David Hammer
Professor and Chair
Ph.D. , University of California
Physics education; Director of the Institute for Research on Learning and Instruction
Charles Sykes
Ph.D. , Cambridge University
Physical and Surface Chemistry
Timothy Atherton
Associate Professor
Ph.D. , University of Exeter
Theoretical condensed matter physics
Clay S. Bennett
Ph.D. , University of Pennsylvania
Chemistry and Chemical Biology of Carbohydrates
Bruce Boghosian
Professor of Mathematics
Ph.D. , University of California, Davis
Theoretical and computational fluid dynamics, quantum computation
Peggy Cebe
Ph.D. , Cornell University
Experimental condensed matter physics and Polymer physics
Larry Ford
Ph.D. , Princeton University
Cosmology and Astrophysics
Hugh Gallagher
Professor and Department Chair
Ph.D. , University of Minnesota
Experimental high-energy physics
Gary Goldstein
Ph.D. , University of Chicago
Experimental high-energy physics
Terry E. Haas
Ph.D. , Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Inorganic and Material
Samuel P. Kounaves
Ph.D. (D.Sc.) , Université de Genève, Geneva, Switzerland
Analytical, Planetary Science, and Geochemistry
Joshua A. Kritzer
Professor and Director of Graduate Studies
Ph.D. , Yale University
Bioorganic, Biophysical, and Chemical Biology
Krishna Kumar - Professor
Krishna Kumar
Ph.D , Brown University
Bioorganic Chemistry and Chemical Biology
Yu-Shan Lin
Associate Professor
Ph.D. , University of Wisconsin, Madison
Theoretical and Biophysical Chemistry
Charles Mace
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. , University of Rochester
Bioanalytical and Materials Chemistry
Anthony W. Mann
Ph.D. , University of Massachusetts
Experimental high-energy physics
Danilo Marchesini
Professor and Graduate Program Director
Ph.D. , SISSA, Trieste
Astronomy and Astrophysics
Austin Napier
Ph.D. , Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Experimental high-energy physics
Ken Olum
Research Professor
Ph.D. , Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Fiorenzo Omenetto - Professor and S.O.E Dean of Research
Fiorenzo Omenetto
Frank C. Doble Professor and Dean of Research
Ph.D. , University of Pavia
Ultrafast nonlinear optics, nanophotonics, biopolymer multifunctional materials, photonic crystals, photonic crystal fibers
Albert Robbat Jr.
Associate Professor
Ph.D. , Pennsylvania State University, University Park
Analytical and Environmental
Elena Rybak-Akimova
Ph.D. , Pisarzhevsky Institute, Ukrainian Academy of Sciences
Inorganic and Materials
Anna Sajina
Associate Professor
Ph.D. , Columbia University
Astronomy and Astrophysics
Rebecca A. Scheck
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. , University of California, Berkeley
Bioorganic Chemistry and Chemical Biology
Mary Jane Shultz
Ph.D. , Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Physical, Environmental, Excited State, and Surface
Krzystof Sliwa
Ph.D. , Jagiellonian, Institute of Nuclear Physics
Experimental high-energy physics
Igor Sokolov
Ph.D. , St. Petersburg State University (Russia); D.I. Mendeleev Institute of Metrology (Russia)
Nanomechanics of Cells, Molecules, Polymers; Photonic Sensors; Soft Condensed Matter and Biomedical Research; Energy-Related Materials and Sustainability, Surface Science and Engineering
Cristian Staii - Associate Professor
Cristian Staii
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. , University of Pennsylvania
Experimental condensed matter physics
Robert D. Stolow
Ph.D. , University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Organic Chemistry
Samuel W. Thomas III
Professor and Dean of Academic Affairs
Ph.D. , Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Organic, Surface Chemistry, and Materials Science
Roger Tobin - Professor
Roger G. Tobin
Ph.D. , UC Berkeley
Experimental condensed matter physics; physics education
Arthur L. Utz
Professor & Department Chair
Ph.D. , University of Wisconsin, Madison
Physical and Materials
Thomas Vandervelde
Associate Professor and Program Director
Ph.D. , University of Virginia
The Interaction of Light with Matter, Physics of Nanostructures and Interfaces, Semiconductor Photonics and Electronics, Epitaxial Crystal Growth, Special Interest in the Area of Materials and Devices for Energy and Infrared Applications

Application Deadline

Fall: December 15
Spring: October 15

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