Graduate Program

  To our Admitted Graduate Students: Please know that our priority during this challenging time is the well-being of our students and ensuring their ability to fulfill their academic program requirements. This applies to our current students as well as you, our incoming graduate students. Due to the growing impact of COVID-19, all prospective and accepted student days, interview days, and individual student visits will be moved to a virtual format.
  We are also aware of the increasing concern around delayed visa appointments for our international students and delayed air travel for both our domestic and international students. Please be assured that we are currently working on alternative enrollment options for admitted students who are unable to make it to campus by the start of classes in September. You will be contacted via email with updates as they become available. Please be in touch if you have any questions or concerns.

Fields of research

The Chemistry Department at Boston University offers research activities in the major areas of investigations of molecular science:

  • OrganicNew methodologies in the synthesis of complex natural product molecules, macromolecules, stereochemistry, asymmetric synthesis, and catalysis.
  • ComputationalQuantum dynamics, photoionization, electron-molecule scattering theory, classical statistical mechanics of dynamical processes in liquids, protein structure and dynamics.
  • BiologicalProtein structure, nucleic acids, peptides and biomodel systems, bioinorganic topics, medicinal chemistry, and methods with for probing biological activity and detecting biological molecules.
  • InorganicSpans the continuum from small molecule systems to metalloproteins, to investigation of the reactivity properties of synthetic complexes, to the use of metal-based reagents for probing protein-DNA interactions.
  • PhysicalUltrafast measurements of dynamics of chemical, biological and materials systems; nanoscale materials and techniques for biomedical imaging and biosensing applications; nonlinear spectroscopy; studies of fundamental biological processes on a single molecule level.


Interdisciplinary research