Subject at Iowa

The University of Iowa Department of Chemistry is at the forefront of modern research and innovative teaching.

Our program has a rich legacy of scientific excellence and innovation. Our renowned faculty members are leaders in their respective fields and are dedicated to teaching the next generation of scientists, educators, and more.

Our students and faculty are conducting valuable research in various areas, including energy, environment, and medicine — with access to the latest tools for scientific discovery.

The department has 28 faculty, over 120 graduate students, and more than 10 post-doctoral associates and visiting faculty. 

Departmental and university research support facilities are extensive and complete. The amount of external funds received by our faculty to support research activities continues to grow. Increasing the quality and national prominence of the department is facilitated by continued strong support from the state and the University of Iowa.

The chemistry building is a five-story structure located on a hillside overlooking the Iowa River. It houses more than 50 graduate research laboratories, office space for students, faculty, and staff, along with various undergraduate instructional facilities. Several major remodeling projects have significantly improved and expanded the available research space and in the future, further renovations and a new chemistry building are being planned. Several chemistry faculty are housed in modern laboratories in the Iowa Advanced Technology Laboratories, located adjacent to the building.

Why Iowa?

Embark on a transformative scientific journey

We have research spanning all major disciplines of chemistry. We seek diverse and talented graduate students who want strong mentors and great training. Iowa's research-focused environment prepares you to collaborate, contribute, and drive scientific advancement. Some of our research strengths include:

  • Radiochemistry
  • Energy & Sustainable Chemistry
  • Materials & Polymers
  • Aerosols & Nanoparticles
  • Physical & Computational Chemistry
  • Natural Product Synthesis
  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry Education 



120 +

graduate students

50 +

Research laboratories, office spaces, instructional facilities