The PhD in Chemical Physics is for mathematically inclined chemistry graduate students or the atomic-molecularly focused physics graduate students. The curriculum melds Chemistry and Physics, with more emphasis on chemical synthesis than the core program in Physics and more electricity and magnetism than the core program in Chemistry. This combined program will prepare you for careers in this recognized interdisciplinary area.
In addition to valuable professional skills training and experience in teaching, all graduates of the Chemical Physics PhD program have led one or more independent research projects while being mentored by faculty at the top of their fields. You will learn how to find, understand, and critically evaluate primary literature, and you will learn how to write, display, and communicate chemical science information for both nonscientific and expert audiences. You'll also learn about other important aspects of research including matters of safety, ethics, integrity, diversity, and inclusion.
Graduates of the Chemical Physics PhD program are well-trained for research careers in a wide range of fields spanning theoretical and experimental chemistry, physics, spectroscopy, and materials. Our alumni have gone on to a wide range of academic, governmental or private sector research jobs in energy, materials, surface science, and catalysis.
Note: Applicants do not need the support of a current faculty member to apply to this program.
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Chemistry graduate students at Tufts form a thriving community of researchers that engages in cutting-edge science. Chemistry research at Tufts is highly interdisciplinary, addressing basic questions about how the universe works and how we can use molecular science to improve society. The department's areas of focus include chemical biology, biotechnology, analytical chemistry, surface science, extraplanetary science, catalysis, green energy, inorganic chemistry, organic synthesis, education research, quantum computing, material science, and therapeutics development.