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.
Dr. Gregory C. Fu, SB ’85, recently created an endowed fund in the Department of Chemistry in honor of his UROP adviser, Professor K. Barry Sharpless. The fund will be used to provide several annual travel grants for graduate students (with a preference for those studying organic chemistry) to travel to national meetings and conferences.
“My UROP experience in the Sharpless lab, working with Dr. Joel M. Hawkins, was the highlight of my undergraduate experience at MIT,” says Dr. Fu. “Barry was an inspiration to generations of MIT undergraduates, as a UROP mentor and as a teacher in the classroom.”
Fu went to Harvard University for his graduate studies in the lab of Professor David A. Evans, followed by two years as a postdoctoral fellow in Professor Robert H. Grubbs’ lab at the California Institute of Technology.
In 1993, he was offered a junior faculty position at MIT, where he rose through the tenure track ranks to full professor in 1999. In 2007, he was named the Firmenich Professor of Chemistry.
In 2012, Professor Fu moved to Caltech to take up the position of Altair Professor of Chemistry.
Fu’s group is focused on transition-metal catalysis, with an emphasis on enantioselective reactions. In particular, his group is developing nickel-catalyzed C–C cross-coupling reactions of alkyl electrophiles, including enantioconvergent reactions of racemic electrophiles, as well as photoinduced, copper-catalyzed C–N coupling reactions of aryl and alkyl electrophiles (a collaboration with the lab of Jonas Peters).
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