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.
Griffin Appointed to the Arthur Amos Noyes Professorship
August 31, 2017
The School of Science has named Professor Robert Guy Griffin the Arthur Amos Noyes Professor of Chemistry. A Professor of Chemistry at MIT from 1887-1888 and 1890-1920, Arthur Amos Noyes founded the Research Laboratory of Physical Chemistry in 1903, and directed it for 17 years. He served as the acting president of MIT from 1907-1909. Alongside Willis Rodney Whitney, he formulated the Noyes-Whitney equation, which relates the rate of dissolution of solids to the properties of the solid and the dissolution medium, in 1897. Noyes was devoted to the idea that students should learn the principles of science by solving problems. His research interests focused on the nature of the solutions of electrolytes.
Professor Griffin received his B.S. in 1964 from the University of Arkansas, and his Ph.D. from Washington University, St. Louis, MO, in 1969. He has been at the Francis Bitter Magnet Laboratory since 1972 and a faculty member in the Department of Chemistry since 1989.
A large portion of the Griffin Lab's research is focused on the development of new magnetic resonance techniques to study molecular structure and dynamics. The motivation behind this research is the possibility to obtain large nuclear spin polarizations, and therefore increased NMR signal intensities. The second major focus of Griffin's research is the application of the magnetic resonance techniques described above to interesting chemical, biophysical, and physical problems. They currently employ MAS NMR experiments to investigate the structure of large enzyme/inhibitor complexes, membrane proteins and amyloid peptide and proteins.
Recent results that have emerged from Professor Griffin’s lab include atomic resolution structures of a critical part of the M2 protein from influenza-A and fibrils of AB1-42, the toxic species in Alzheimer’s disease.