Chemistry

M.S., Ph.D.

401.874.2318

Faculty: Professor Euler, chair. Professors Dain, Freeman, Kirschenbaum, Lucht, Oxley, Rosen, Smith, and Yang; Associate Professor DeBoef; Assistant Professors Dwyer, Levine, and Narayanan; Professors Emeriti C. Brown, P. Brown, Cheer, Cruickshank, Fasching, Goodman, Nelson, Traficante, and Vittimberga.

Specializations

Analytical chemistry: vibrational spectroscopy, separations science, laser spectroscopy, bioanalyses, surface science, explosives.

Biological chemistry: enzyme inhibition, neurochemistry, oxidative stress, macromolecular recognition.

Inorganic chemistry: metals in high oxidation states, solution kinetics, coordination complexes, electron transport, polymers.

Organic chemistry: reaction mechanisms, synthesis, electron transfer, heterocycles, polymers, organometallics.

Physical chemistry: theoretical chemistry, molecular spectroscopy, polymer arrays, statistical mechanics, smart materials.

Master of Science

Admission requirements: Preference is given to candidates with undergraduate majors in chemistry or chemical engineering including mathematics through calculus. GRE only for graduates of non-U.S. universities, with advanced test strongly recommended.

Program requirements: placement examination to determine specific program requirements and successful completion of master’s qualifying examinations. For thesis option (31 credits), 12 credits of graduate core courses in at least three of the four areas of chemistry; one additional graduate-level course in chemistry; CHM 642 or 643; and thesis. For nonthesis option (30 credits), 18 credits of graduate core courses; six additional credits of graduate course work; CHM 642 (1 credit); CHM 551, 552 (minimum 5 credits); and a written comprehensive examination.

The 30-credit nonthesis option is also offered on-site at Pfizer, Inc. (Groton, Conn.)—18 credits of graduate core courses; six additional credits of graduate course work; CHM 642 (1 credit, taken in Kingston), CHM 551 (minimum 5 credits); and a written take-home comprehensive exam.

Doctor of Philosophy

Admission requirements: same as for master’s degree.

Program requirements: successful completion of qualifying examination; 15 credits of graduate core courses; one additional graduate-level course in chemistry; and CHM 642-644 (3 credits). Comprehensive examination and dissertation.