Allegheny Chemistry students put ideas into motion

We’ll encourage you to apply your knowledge with innovative teaching-learning techniques and extensive hands-on lab experiences, leading into unique research activities and real world applications.

Our chemistry students reinforce their education through internships, research with faculty, student organizations, study away, and more.

Students studying
Student working in a lab
Facilities and Strengths

The Doane Hall of Chemistry maintains an array of instruments and equipment to support teaching and research, including:

  • FT-NMR
  • GC-MS (Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometer)
  • HPLC-MS (High Performance Liquid Chromatography-Mass Spectrometer)
  • FT IR’s (Infrared Spectrometer)
  • UV-vis spectrometer
  • microwave reactors
  • Stopped Flow
  • Fluorimeter
  • Surface Enhanced Raman spectrometer
  • and much more!

Instruments are incorporated into the curriculum, so that students enter the research laboratory with familiarity and hands-on experience with these important tools.

Audience sitting in on a lecture
Beyond the lab

Allegheny chemistry students will find that there is no shortage of activities to get involved in beyond the lab, including:

  • Lord Lecture Series
  • Department Lecture Series
  • Professional conferences, including the American Chemical Society, the National Organic Symposium, and the National Conference on Undergraduate Research
  • Student Organizations, including Chemii Club and Phi Lambda Upsilon
Student presenting research
Student-Faculty Collaboration

Many chemistry students carry out independent research or collaborative research with faculty in addition to the Senior Comp.

Chemistry majors frequently present their findings at regional and national meetings; successful projects can lead to publication in professional journals. Seniors also often present their results at the department’s annual Senior Project Symposium.

Recent Senior Comps

The Senior Comp is the culmination of four years of experience, imagination, and study. It is the moment when you demonstrate what you’ve learned by teaching us something new.

Progress Towards Synthesis of an Ortho-Phenylene Linked Frustrated Lewis Pair

Examining the Role of Bound-state Entropy in Non-covalent Binding Events Using Molecular Torsion Balances: Implications for Structure-based Drug Design