Welcome to Penn Chemistry

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.





Peter B. Moore, Ph.D.

Sterling Professor of Chemistry, Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, Yale University


Barry S....




Development of New Strategies to Treat Antibiotic-Resistant Gram-Negative Infections

Professor Daniel Kahne, Harvard University



Professor David W. Christianson was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, as...

Four Chemistry Department students have been awarded fellowships in the National Science...

Dr. Jessica Anna, currently a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Toronto, will join the...

Marsha I. Lester, the Edmund J. Kahn Distinguished Professor, and Larry G. Sneddon, the...

Research Highlight

Andrew M. Rappe


Solar panels generate electricity by absorbing sunlight, but that is only half the battle. Once electrons in the panel are energized, they must be channeled in the same direction - a process that typically requires a panel made with layers of two kinds of material.


Not in the future, if a team of researchers from the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University can help it.


In a new study published online by the journal Nature, the scientists reported they had created a new class of ceramic material that could accomplish both tasks cheaply and efficiently. Read more in a recent feature in the Philadelphia Inquirer on Prof. Andrew Rappe and his collaborators.



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