Chemistry is truly the central science and underpins much of the efforts of scientists and engineers to improve life for humankind. TheMIT Department of Chemistryis taking a leading role in discovering new chemical synthesis, catalysis, creating sustainable energy, theoretical and experimental understanding of chemistry, improving the environment, detecting and curing disease, developing materials new properties, and nanoscience.
The Chemistry Education Office staff is responsible for administering the educational programs in the Department of Chemistry. Students can find answers to many questions about the undergraduate and graduate programs on the department website, and they are encouraged to stop by and see the staff in the office located in 6-205.
The student-run outreach programs in the Department of Chemistry aim to bring the excitement of chemical sciences to the community through lively demonstrations designed to illustrate a broad range of chemical principles. Graduate students visit science classes in high schools and middle schools in the Greater Boston area with a view to demystifying chemistry through hands-on experiments. ClubChem, an undergraduate chemistry organization, conducts Chemistry Magic Shows for elementary schools and youth programs in the Greater Boston area.
Chemistry is truly the central science and underpins much of the efforts of scientists and engineers to improve life for humankind. MIT Chemistry is taking a leading role in discovering new chemical synthesis, catalysis, creating sustainable energy, theoretical and experimental understanding of chemistry at its most fundamental level, unraveling the biochemical complexities of natural systems, improving the environment, detecting and curing disease, developing materials new properties, and nanoscience.
Professor Alexander T. Radosevich, currently an Assistant Professor at Pennsylvania State University, will join the department as an Associate Professor in the coming months. Alex received his B.S. from the University of Notre Dame, and his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. After completing a postdoctoral fellowship here at MIT, he joined the faculty of Pennyslvania State University in 2010.
Research in the Radosevich group centers on the invention of new homogeneous catalysts and reagents based on inexpensive and earth-abundant elements of the p-block. Specifically, the group has designed a class of phosphorus-based molecular catalysts with small frontier orbital energy gaps and dense spatial orbital array that make and break chemical bonds by catalytically cycling in the PIII⇌PV redox couple. Ongoing research pursuits are motivated by both a fundamental mechanistic interest in redox reactivity, as well as a practical need for new efficient and environmentally-friendly chemical processes.
Professor Radosevich's research program spans the areas of inorganic, organometallic, and organic chemistry, with a focus on synthesis and catalysis. Students and postdoctoral researchers joining the group can expect to develop a range of synthetic skills spanning these subdisciplines. By coupling synthetic expertise with rigorous training in the characterization of new compounds (including NMR, UV-Vis, IR, EPR, X-ray diffraction, and electrochemistry), new molecular entities with exciting and useful reactivities are anticipated.
The Department of Chemistry is thrilled to welcome Professor Radosevich to its faculty.