Research in Chemistry

The Department of Chemistry at Brown University is home to research groups pursuing new insights into structure, reactivity, and functions of molecules and materials that promise to redefine the frontiers of scientific knowledge. 



Research groups are working in a broad range of contemporary areas of chemistry including:

  • 2-D materials, clusters, and nanoscience
  • Solid-state chemistry and catalysis
  • Alternative and renewable energy
  • Antibiotics and drug resistance
  • Mechanisms of DNA damage and repair
  • Organometallic, bioinorganic and bioorganic chemistry
  • Structure and dynamics of reactive species
  • Theory and simulation of chemical systems
  • Ultrafast dynamics and advanced laser techniques

Learn more about our research in chemical biology, inorganic chemistry, nano & materials chemistry, organic chemistry, and physical chemistry