Welcome to the Department of Chemistry at Indiana University in Bloomington.

I invite you to leaf through these pages to learn more about our young and dynamic faculty in all areas of chemistry. Fourteen new tenured and tenure-track faculty have joined us in the last six years at all ranks of 36 current core faculty. We also host a number of adjunct faculty from the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry and the School of Public and Environmental Affairs that strengthen programs in chemical biology and environmental chemistry. 

Our faculty consistently rank among the best in their respective fields, and continuing this tradition, two faculty were recently named 2014 national award winners of the American Chemical Society  in Pure Chemistry (Skrabalak) and in Organometallic Chemistry (Caulton).

Our graduate program is ranked among the nation’s leaders, with analytical chemistry consistently ranked in the top three.  Traditional strengths in inorganic chemistry, synthetic organic chemistry and theoretical chemistry at IU are also highly regarded. A new pan-campus graduate training program in Quantitative and Chemical Biology (QCB) has been established.  Materials chemistry is thriving in a way that compliments core strengths in virus assembly and drug discovery. 

Simon Hall sits in the yard between Chemistry and Biology in the oldest and most historic part of IU’s beautiful campus and has catalyzed collaborative and interdisciplinary science.  This building hosts four departments and outstanding research facilities that complement those in the chemistry building next door, in biological mass spectrometry and proteomics, x-ray crystallography, biomolecular NMR spectroscopy  and cryo-electron microscopy.  Several of these laboratories are core facilities of the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) that provides seed funding for new project development.

In the undergraduate ranks, our faculty have hosted a Churchill Scholar, a Rhodes Scholar, and a number of Goldwater Scholars over the past couple of years in their laboratories. These successful scientists-in-training continue a rich history of commitment to the education of undergraduates in Chemistry and Biochemistry.  We consistently rank in the nation’s top 20 in the graduation of total and ACS-certified degree holders in chemistry.

Bloomington is nestled in the rolling hills of southern Indiana and couples an array of excellent dining and lively entertainment opportunities with a low cost of living. IU is home to the Jacobs School of Music, ranked among the best music schools in the nation, allowing students to enjoy an enormous range of cultural experiences year-round, including recitals, operas, and other musical events in the city.  The IU Art Museum and the recently opened IU Cinema are among the nation’s best on a college campus.  Finally, the Hoosier National Forest and many nearby state parks provide trails for hiking and biking in the summer and for cross-country skiing in the winter, with metropolitan Indianapolis just an hour away.

Our department continues to evolve yet remains true to a long and distinguished history of excellence in the chemical sciences. Enjoy our website!

David Giedroc

Professor and Chair