Surface Chemistry and Spectroscopy

Surface chemistry focuses on achieving a molecular-level understanding and control of surface chemical reactions that are oftentimes central to the modern technologies that produce chemicals & fuels, semiconductor devices, nanoscale particles & thin films, biomedical devices, immunological therapies, and so on.  Consequently, surface chemistry is a common thread of research interest for many UVa chemistry faculty. Spectroscopy enabling the characterization of molecular identity, concentration, and dynamics is another near-universal interest of our chemistry faculty.

Organic Chemistry and Synthesis

Organic compounds are central to biological processes and have many practical applications, including in the pharmaceutical, agriculture, materials, and energy industries. The study of Organic Chemistry can enable a greater understanding of the structure, properties, and function of carbon-containing compounds toward the goal of designing next-generation solutions to societal challenges and increasing our knowledge about the chemistry of life.

Inorganic and Organometallic Chemistry

Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Virginia explores compounds constructed around central elements beyond carbon. Using a variety of synthetic, spectroscopic, and computational methods, research groups are studying subjects relevant to inorganic/organometallic, coordination, bioinorganic, supramolecular, and materials chemistry. The main group, transition metal, rare earth, and alkali/alkaline earth compounds are used to study topics ranging from sensing, catalysis/electrocatalysis, nanomaterials, renewable energy, and small molecule activation to photochemistry.


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