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Penn Chemistry is composed of a dynamic community of researchers creating and disseminating new knowledge at the forefront of the chemical sciences. As an enabling science, chemistry is at the focal point of every important modern societal challenge. Our faculty and students engage these challenges daily on a local, national, and international scale.


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Gary A. Molander, Hirschmann-Makineni Professor and Chemistry Department Chair, has been...

The inaugural ACES Program was held on July 19th. The program, which is designed to run several...

Feng Gai has been selected to receive the 2014 American Chemical Society Philadelphia Section...

Amos B. Smith, III, Rhodes-Thompson Professor of Chemistry has been named the winner of the...

Research Highlight



Jeff Saven is one of several Penn researchers leading an effort to create an artificial chemical sensor that is critical in the action of painkillers and anesthetics. Receptors in these sensors produce an electrical response that can then be read out by a computer. This research shows a way to mass produce devices that could be useful in drug development and a variety of diagnostic tests. 


This researdh effort is a University-wide project made possible through the Penn Nano/Bio Interface Center (NBIC), which brings together investigators from the Schools of Engineering and Applied Science; Arts and Sciences; and Medicine. Read more about the project here.


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