Welcome to the Department of Chemistry at Brown University

Research and teaching in Chemistry at Brown reflects Brown's innovative nature and is driven by the challenges of today's changing world. Discover how faculty, graduate students, undergraduates, and postdoctoral fellows collaborate to pursue scholarship across chemical fields and the interface of chemistry with biology, medicine, physics, and engineering.


Recent News

  • Chemists create new quasicrystal material from nanoparticle building blocks. 

    “Single-component quasicrystal lattices have been predicted mathematically and in computer simulations, but hadn’t been demonstrated before this,” said Ou Chen, an assistant professor of chemistry at Brown and the paper’s senior author. “It’s a fundamentally new type of quasicrystal, and we’ve been able to figure out the rules for making it, which will be useful in the continued study of quasicrystal structures.”

  • Daniel Choi, Chemical Physics Concentrator in the Class of 2020, has been featured on Brown's homepage as a "Student Focus." Daniel received an Undergraduate Teaching and Research Award (UTRA) for research in Prof. Brenda Rubenstein's Group.

Recent Publications

"Superstructures Generated from Truncated Tetrahedral Quantum Dots" Y. Nagaoka, R. Tan, R. Li, H. Zhu, D. Eggert, Y. A. Wu, Y. Liu, Z. Wang, O. Chen Nature 2018 561, pages 378–382
"Ab Initio Finite Temperature Auxiliary Field Quantum Monte Carlo" Liu, Y.; Cho, M.; Rubenstein, B.M. J. Chem. Theory Comput. 2018 10.1021/acs.jctc.8b00569
"Ultrafast photodissociation dynamics of 1,​4-​diiodobenzene" Stankus, B.; Odate, A.; Weber, P.M. J. Chem. Phys. 2018 DOI:10.1063/1.5031787
"Probing the interaction between the encapsulated water molecule and the fullerene cages in H2O@C60- and H2O@C59N-" Zhu, G-H.; Liu, Y.; Zhang, Q-F.; Wang, L-S.; et. al. Chemical Science. 2018 DOI:10.1039/c8sc01031e
"Enhancing low-​field magnetoresistance in magnetite nanoparticles via zinc substitution" Sun, S.; et. al. Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2018 PubMed ID:29901060