Chemistry (Ph.D.)


The Department of Chemistry has an international reputation for excellence in research across a broad array of disciplines, including analytical, biological, inorganic, organic, materials and physical chemistry. Graduate education at Colorado State aims to train creative and competent scientists through the pursuit of scientifically important research problems. Students are encouraged to cross disciplines and fields.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Chemistry

Areas of Study

  • Analytical (biological laser spectroscopy and microscopy, chemical sensors, electrochemistry, microfabrication, nanostructured materials/polymer synthesis and characterization, photoelectrochemistry scanning probe microscopies, plasma chemistry, surface analysis)
  • Chemical Biology (biopolymer engineering and evolution, biopolymer catalysis, macromolecular assembly, drug delivery, biopolymeric materials for sensing, analysis of biochemical and biophysical processes)
  • Chemistry Education (metacognition, conceptual change, and ability to solve transfer problems, design and assessment of learning environments, low cost undergraduate laboratories)
  • Inorganic (bioinorganic chemistry and chemical catalysis, coordination chemistry, kinetics and inorganic mechanisms, nanostructured materials chemistry, organometallic chemistry, solid-state chemistry, synthesis, theory, X-ray crystallography)
  • Materials (biomaterials, electronic materials, nanomaterials, polymers, scanning probe microscopies, solid state chemistry, surface science, synthesis, thin films)
  • Organic (asymmetric catalysis, bioconjugate chemistry, bioorganic chemistry, biosynthesis, reaction mechanisms, natural products chemistry, organometallic chemistry, organic synthesis)
  • Physical (laser spectroscopy, liquids, molecular clusters, polymers, quantum theory of molecular electronic structure, reaction dynamics, solid-state NMR spectroscopy, statistical mechanics, ultra fast spectroscopy)

Next Steps


Coursework, credit requirements, and more information is available in the Colorado State University general catalog. Please contact your department representative with program-related questions.

Student Employment

Graduate students interested in employment positions (GTA, GRA, GSA appointments and hourly positions) should contact their advisor and their departmental graduate coordinator for the process to apply.

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