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1. California Institute of Technology (CALTECH) - Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Chemistry is the science of change, and chemists and chemical engineers are involved not just in understanding, but in changing the material world around us. Whether it is through new chemistry for the synthesis of pharmaceuticals, new technologies for energy conversion, or new approaches to environmental protection, the chemical sciences affect modern life in countless and important ways.
The chemical sciences and engineering have critical roles to play in making the advances we need in developing alternative energy strategies, in discovering new medicines and diagnostic tools, and in bettering our environment. In each of these efforts, synthetic chemists, physical chemists, biochemists and chemical engineers will be required to develop the new tools, new molecules, new materials and new processes that are essential for revolutionary advance. Strategic areas for research in the Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering include (i) energy and sustainability; (ii) atmospheric chemistry and climate change; (iii) biological circuitry; (iv) nanomaterials for functional design; and (v) theory. CCE is home to more than 40 professors and three degree programs. The Faculty's students and post-doctoral colleagues have access to many educational resources, as well as opportunities for both basic and applied research.
2. Columbia University - Department of ChemistryPrograms of Study
The programs of study in chemistry at Columbia are aimed at training new generations of scientists who will take leadership positions in research and teaching.
The emphasis of our graduate program is on education tailored to the unique needs of each of our students. Our department ranks among the best in the world, yet it is among the smallest, and consequently, our graduate students receive an unusual amount of interaction with and guidance from the faculty.
Columbia's bright and enthusiastic undergraduates come from all over the world, providing our graduate students -- also an international group -- with a stimulating and rewarding teaching experience. Graduate students also interact closely with the faculty who teach the undergraduate courses, and they often develop long-lasting relationships as a consequence of such collaborations.
The department prizes excellence in teaching by both its faculty and graduate students. Graduate students who have excelled in teaching are honored at a yearly awards banquet.
Joint Programs with Other Departments
Since many of our graduates go into research related to bioorganic or medicinal chemistry, either in the pharmaceutical industry or in independent academic positions, the Chemistry Department, in conjunction with the Department of Biological Sciences and of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, has training programs that provide graduate level courses and research in chemical approaches to contemporary problems in biology. Students take part in core courses that are taught jointly by both departments, laboratory rotations with Chemistry and Biology faculty, the Journal Club, and a mini-symposium.
The Departments of Chemistry and Physics jointly administer a Ph.D. program in Chemical Physics, for students whose interests lie in areas of research bordering both chemistry and physics.
The Department maintains a wide array of sophisticated instrumentation necessary for modern chemical research. Among department instruments are ten NMR spectrometers, including 600-MHz, 500-MHz, 400-MHz, and two 300-MHz instruments, one with solid-state capability. Our mass-spectrometry facility has three MALDI-TOF systems, an ESI Q-TOF instrument, an APCI/ESI LC/MS, and a 4-sector tandem spectrometer. Other department instruments include a spectropolarimeter, an FDCD instrument, an X-ray diffractometer with CCD imaging camera, and state-of-the-art IR, UV, fluorescence, Raman, and ESR spectrometers. In addition, the department has access to the Protein Chemistry Core Facility at Columbia's Medical School, which provides protein sequencing, amino acid analysis, and peptide and DNA synthesis services.
The Chemical Dynamics and Spectroscopy Facility in the department provides a collection of lasers, optical diagnostic equipment, vacuum equipment, and electronics for research in physical chemistry. Additional facilities for research in microelectronics, photochemistry, and superfast dynamic processes are housed in the Columbia Microelectronic Sciences Laboratory (Columbia Radiation Laboratory). At nearby Brookhaven National Laboratory, the National Synchrotron Light Source (NSLS) generates short-pulse optical radiation from 1 to 10,000 Angstroms for spectroscopy and photochemistry experiments. Work in nanoscience/nanotechnology is supported by several near-field optical microscopes, scanning tunneling microscopes, and atomic force microscopes.
Columbia's Materials Research Science and Engineering Center has a shared instrument facility equipped with a spectroscopic ellipsometer, an X-Ray diffractometer (for powder, small-angle and reflectivity measurements), an XPS/SIMS/ISS analysis system, and an atomic force microscope.
The department computing facility is a 100-MHz network of machines optimized for maximum computation capability and data throughput. Among these networked machines are 75 dual-processor Intel platforms, 9 Dell PowerEdge machines, and 10 SGI Origin 200 dual-processor systems. Our file server is a Sun SPARC Ultra 5 Model 333. It serves a 500-Gb RAID 5 storage array. There is also a 200-Gb RAID array available for processing large data sets. The department has 3 SGI Octane computers for viewing graphical output from molecular modeling programs such as Macromodel.. Other computational software available to researchers are MSI Insight II, Grasp, Jaguar, Titan, and Rasmol.
5. Ecole Polytechnique - Departement de Chimie Contrairement a une idee tres repandue, la chimie est certainement l'une des sciences qui s'est la plus renouvelee et developpee depuis la derniere Guerre Mondiale. De nouveaux concepts et de nombreuses methodes theoriques (DFT, ELF, ...), synthetiques (nouvelles reactions...), analytiques (RX, RPE, RMN, ...) ont bouleverse cette science.
Des objets aussi fascinants que les fullerenes, les nanotubes de carbone ou les supraconducteurs a haute temperature sont, au depart, l'oeuvre de chimistes.
De nombreux defis vont etre poses a la chimie dans les annees a venir, tant dans le domaine de la science des materiaux que dans celui de la sante, de l'energie, de la lutte pour la preservation de l'environnement.
Pour ne parler que de la sante, la lutte conte les virus (SIDA, etc.), la mise au point de nouveaux medicaments anticancereux (epothilone, taxotere, etc.) et la destruction des souches bacteriennes resistantes, sont quelques uns des defis que la societe devra affronter avec l'aide de ses chimistes.
6. Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne - School of Basic Sciences - Chemistry The chemical sciences are of vital importance in the modern world, and the research undertaken in our Institute spans fundamental studies in theoretical chemistry and biochemistry to applications in devices and engineering. Fundamental research in our Institute led to the discovery of dye sensitized solar cells and drugs and diagnostics developed within our Institute are now in widespread use. We continue to take a leading role in all aspects of chemistry including research at the interface of biology and physics as well as in sustainability and nanoscience.
7. ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) - Department of Chemistry and Applied Biosciences On behalf of all faculty members, students, and staff, I warmly welcome you to the homepage of the Department of Chemistry and Applied Biosciences (D-CHAB) at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich. On these pages you find detailed information on research and education at our Department in the fields of chemistry, chemical and bio-engineering and pharmaceutical sciences.
8. Harvard Department of Chemistry and Chemical BiologyThe Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology offers a program leading to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry, with research and training opportunities in organic, inorganic, and physical chemistry, and in chemical biology. An interdepartmental Ph.D. program in Chemical Physics is also available.
Thesis research becomes the student's chief concern following an initial period of course work, teaching, and sampling research opportunities through our laboratory rotation system. Students' own interests and those of their faculty supervisor(s) guide the direction of the doctoral studies. The department's interactive and supportive social structure is a key element for promoting a high quality-of-life while achieving a high level of success.
Science in the 21st century is rich with opportunity and challenge. Our pillars for success in this complex world are all tied to interactions -- between people, and between disciplines. By building both strong interpersonal connections between our students and faculty, and effective bridges between disciplines, the entering graduate student at Harvard can thrive at the frontiers of research in the chemical and life sciences.
9. Imperial College London - Department of Chemistry Imperial College London has an outstanding world-class reputation for both teaching and research in chemistry.
The Department has a thriving research community which currently includes 52 academic staff, many internationally renowned in their respective fields, four Fellows of the Royal Society, 23 academic visitors, 49 postdoctoral fellows and 193 postgraduate students.
The quality of teaching provided has been recognised as 'excellent' by the Higher Education Funding Council for England and great emphasis is placed on providing professional training to a high level.
The Department has strong links with industry, which is reflected by generous funding of both research and teaching. Facilities are extensive, with well-equipped research laboratories and workshops for the construction of mechanical and electronic instruments.
10. Kyoto University - Graduate School of Science - Department of Chemistry The research and education in the undergraduate Department of Chemistry and the graduate Division of Chemistry encompass diverse fields of chemistry, including theoretical chemistry, physical chemistry, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, and chemical biology.
The Division of Chemistry in Graduate School of Science is comprised of 29 laboratories, 16 from the Department of Chemistry (Kitashirakawa Campus), 7 from the Institute for Chemical Research (Uji Campus), 1 from the Institute for Virus Research (Hospital Campus), 1 from the Institute for Reactor Research (Kumatori Campus), 1 from Research Center for Low Temperature and Materials (Yoshida Campus), and 3 laboratories headed by the affiliate professors.
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