glass in many shapes and sizes


Research Categories


The goal of biochemistry is to explain the chemical processes of life at the molecular level. Its breadth ranges from using genetics to understand the connection between protein structure and disease to mapping metabolic pathways that convert foodstuffs into energy.

Inorganic Chemistry

Inorganic chemistry encompasses diverse topics and approaches involving most of the elements of the periodic table, ranging from elucidating fundamental structure-activity relationships in molecular systems to creating new materials.

Organic Chemistry

The study of structure, properties, and reactions of carbon-based molecules and materials. Applications are diverse and address a wide range of topics including synthetic methodology, natural products, drug discovery, biomaterials, polymers, organocatalysis, and electrosynthesis.

Physical Chemistry & Chemical Physics

At the intersection of physics and chemistry, physical chemistry studies the underlying physical phenomena which drive every aspect of chemistry. The quantitative nature of physical chemistry is employed to analyze chemical compounds and architectures at an atomic or molecular level in order to provide insight into chemical structure and function. This field is broad and encompasses biophysical chemistry, materials science, theoretical chemistry, radio chemistry, and nuclear chemistry.

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Inorganic Chemistry

Organic Chemistry

Physical Chemistry & Chemical Physics

Computational and Theoretical Chemistry

Mass Spectrometry

Analytical Chemistry



Chemical Biology

Laser Spectroscopy

Magnetic Resonance

Materials and Nanoscience


Nuclear & Radiochemistry

Synthetic Chemistry

Before attending the WashU graduate chemistry program, I had a general understanding of spectroscopic techniques and laboratory practices. With the availability and advantages of one-on-one mentoring, interdisciplinary opportunities, and access to advanced instrumentation, I have developed an array of skills necessary for success in a competitive scientific field. The diverse range of research groups available in the WashU chemistry department allowed me to find research projects that not only captivated my interests, but provided the unique challenges needed to cultivate experiences that were truly rewarding.

―Matt SandersonPhD Candidate, Loomis Lab