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Graduate Program

The Department of Chemistry at BGSU has a strong commitment to excellence in education and an international reputation for producing outstanding scientists. Important elements of our program include the atmosphere of active research programs, state-of-the-art facilities, good advising, high quality challenging courses, the opportunity to talk with many well-known visiting scientists, and an active residential campus.

There are two graduate programs: the M.S. in Chemistry and the Ph.D. in Photochemical Sciences. The Master's in Chemistry at BGSU has long been acknowledged as one of the strongest in the country. Each year Chemical and Engineering News evaluates all the accredited graduate programs in the country. Our program has been in the top 25 of all Master's programs for many years. Our graduates do very well in industry or pursue a doctoral or medical degree.

The Ph.D. program in Photochemical Sciences, begun in 1989 with four students, now has over 60 enrolled. Graduates of the program have many opportunities. They are employed in industry (Eastman Kodak, Hewlett Packard, Merck, Pfizer, Sherwin Williams), conduct postdoctoral work, or teach in higher education. The doctoral degree in photochemical sciences can open many doors because it is so unique and interdisciplinary.

The Ph. D. program offers a unique, interdisciplinary research experience for students having backgrounds in chemistry, physics, biology, and/or materials science. Research is focused on studying how the interactions of light with matter can affect a variety of chemical, physical and biological systems. Both basic knowledge and practical applications are being pursued by small to mid-sized research teams. In particular, Center faculty have been instrumental in contributing to the fundamental development of photo-driven chemical processes and in addressing critical environmental and energy problems over the last two decades, receiving worldwide recognition for these efforts.

In recent years, several new faculty have been hired whose research interests are in the areas of optical spectroscopy, materials chemistry, computational chemistry, single-molecule spectroscopy, and biophysics. These areas complement our traditional strengths in time-resolved (ultrafast) spectroscopy, organic photochemistry, and biomolecular design.

Some highlights of our research include:

  • Molecular Photochemistry and Photophysics of Novel Chromophores
  • Single-Molecule Spectroscopy and Imaging
  • Hybrid Metal-Organic Photonic Materials
  • Organic Semiconductors, Electroluminescence, and Sensory Materials
  • Solar Energy Capture, Conversion and Catalysis
  • Biophotonics
  • Computational Mechanistic Photochemistry
  • Photopolymers and Photopolymerization
  • Femtochemistry and ultrafast dynamics