Chemistry's research funding in 2021 was more than $8 million.
Chemistry researchers at Georgia State have access to world-class labs and instruments.
Chemistry Department faculty members are involved in research in the areas of biophysics, computational chemistry, protein design, protein dynamics, enzyme catalysis, drug design, nucleic acid structure and function, NMR imaging and hydrodynamics.
The department benefits from top-rated facilities in support of our research and teaching efforts, which include six high-field nuclear magnetic resonance instruments, six mass spectrometers, including LC-MS, GC-MS, electrospray and MALDI MS, and high-resolution capability, two Biacores (SPR), a combinatorial chemistry facility, computer clusters and university research supercomputers. The Chemistry faculty have an outstanding level of external grant funds and publications and consistently rank near the top in external grant support and publications at the university.
Analytical chemistry is an investigative science that obtains information about matter by analyzing its chemical components. The purpose of our research is to study the qualitative and quantitative identities of matter by determining both the chemical composition and the amount of component or components in any given sample.
Our scientists use their knowledge of chemistry, computers and instruments as a part of their many experimental techniques, and their research is supported by a variety of state-of-the-art facilities, including high-resolution mass spectrometry, high-field nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopies, cryoprobes, HPLC, FPLC, centrifugal partition chromatography, capillary electrophoresis and GC/mass spectrometry. Faculty research interests focus on: analytical chemistry applications with special emphasis on bioanalytical analyses using fluorescence spectroscopy and capillary electrophoresis and single bioactivity sensing by functional nanopore platforms.
Biochemistry research involves understanding and evaluating chemistry and its application to the structure and composition of living organisms and their chemical reactions and relationships. Our faculty are involved in research that includes the study of molecular biology, enzymology, metabolic pathways and biochemical structures and sequences and includes the following specific research areas: mechanistic enzymology of redox enzymes, with a specific interest in flavin-dependent enzymes; heme uptake by pathogenic bacteria; chemical properties of biomolecules using an interdisciplinary approach that extends into the fields of inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry and molecular biology; transition of metal-containing proteins and protein-based free radicals and their medical relevance using a combination of biochemical, genetic, structural and biophysical spectroscopic tools; and the chemical, biological, material and environmental role of calcium and calcium-binding proteins.
Biophysical chemistry includes research involving both chemical and biological systems and their structures. Our faculty are involved specifically in research that covers biomolecular transport with an emphasis on diffusion, viscosity and electrophoresis; in the determination of structure, dynamics and function of biological macromolecules; the application and development of theoretical and computational methods in biological functions; simulations of key biological processes of relevance to DNA replication and repair; and the structure and interaction properties of nucleic acids.
Faculty use a variety of techniques based in physical chemistry to understand and probe biological systems. Included among these techniques are spectroscopic methods such as nuclear magnetic resonance and x-ray diffraction.
A solid cyber infrastructure for research computing thrives and includes high-performance computing, grid computing, data storage and visualization. With a growing body of academic and scientific researchers, including faculty and Ph.D. students, from many disciplines as well as from other universities, Georgia State continues to build a diverse and powerful supercomputing grid. The Chemistry Department has a robust history of leveraging computational methods to conduct research.
Organic chemistry deals with the structure, properties and reactions of organic compounds and other materials that contain carbon and involves the study of chemical reactions. Chemistry faculty conduct scientific studies on the chemistry of DNA, proteins and carbohydrates.
Chemistry Education Research investigates research questions around the teaching and learning of chemistry. These questions are examined through a variety of qualitative and quantitative methods. Researchers in chemistry education explore a broad range of areas, including students' understanding of chemistry concepts and the barriers (cognitive and affective) that impeded their mastery of chemistry content. Chemistry education research also includes the development of instruments that measure cognitive and affective constructs that affect students learning in chemistry. Of additional importance is how the findings of chemistry education research can lead to the transformation of chemistry education environments, curricula and pedagogy. Our research is grounded in a deep knowledge of the discipline and methods adapted from science education, educational psychology and cognitive science.
Department of Chemistry
Georgia State University
50 Decatur St. SE
262 Natural Science Center
Atlanta, GA 30303-2924
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Hours: Monday - Friday
10 a.m. - 12 p.m., 2 - 4 p.m.
Department of Chemistry
Georgia State University
P.O. Box 3965
Atlanta, GA 30302-3965