Chemistry at Illinois University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The Department of Chemistry at the University of Illinois

Letter of Welcome


All of us in the Department of Chemistry welcome your interest in our graduate program. We offer comprehensive coverage of all specialty areas in modern chemistry. There are active research programs in the subdisciplines of analytical, inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry, as well as exciting new interdisciplinary programs in chemical biology and materials chemistry. Faculty and students in our laboratories also benefit from our close relationships with other departments on campus, including Biochemistry, Materials Science, Physics, and Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering. The Department of Chemistry is a focal point for inter-disciplinary research on campus.

Illinois Chemistry offers a wide range of opportunity to the young scientist just embarking on an independent career. Our tradition of commitment to excellence results in a uniquely rich environment for research and learning in the chemical sciences. This web site will give you a first glimpse of the exciting atmosphere you will experience, if you decide to join our graduate program.

The American Chemical Society, in a review of various programs, has called the School of Chemical Sciences at Illinois "a major force in chemical education" in the U.S., and national rankings of chemistry departments nationwide consistently put Illinois near the top among a select group. We are very proud that our faculty and alumni have played a vital role in shaping the chemical sciences in our nation. As a graduate student at Illinois you will experience the thrill of working on the most challenging problems in the molecular sciences. After graduation, you will join the world's largest and most successful group of chemical sciences' alumni.

I very much hope to meet you next fall here at Illinois.

Professor Gregory Girolami
Head, Department of Chemistry