About Our Department

Klaus Woelk, associate professor, conducts research with two students.

Our chemistry department is doing some of the most impactful research at the university, from using algae as an alternative energy source to finding new and improved ways to treat lead poisoning.

The department’s 20 regular research faculty comprise one of the highest external research grant-generating departments at S&T. “Our emphasis on excellence in instruction, research, and creativity has moved our programs to the forefront of science,” says Klaus Woelk, associate professor of chemistry.

The department supports a broad range of research performed by internationally recognized faculty competing at the leading edge of technological research. Opportunity to pursue research is available not only for the department’s graduate students, but also for undergraduate students through the Opportunities for Undergraduate Research Experience program. “Experience has shown that creative fulfillment and research productivity are inseparable,” says Woelk.