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 Seyferth’s research during the past forty years has been in the general area of organometallic chemistry of the main group elements (principally Li, Mg, Zn, Hg, B, Si, Ge, Sn, Pb and P) and transition metals (principally Co and Fe). The work has dealt with the synthesis and characterization of organometallic compounds, their reactivity (including mechanistic studies) and their applications, mainly in organic synthesis and materials chemistry. Recent work has in part dealt with the development of polymeric precursors whose pyrolysis results in useful nonoxide ceramics such as silicon carbide, nitride, carbonitride and oxynitride, boron nitride, aluminum nitride, as well as carbides, nitrides, silicides and borides of the early transition metals.
Professor Seyferth served the organometallic chemistry community as founding editor of two journals devoted to this field, first as a Regional Editor of the "Journal of Organometallic Chemistry" (1964 - 1981), subsequently as Editor-in-Chief of the American Chemical Society journal "Organometallics" (1982 - 2010). Seyferth's academic auto-biography: "Looking back on Happy Days in Chemistry" was published in 2010 in a special issue of Organometallics, November 8, 2010, Volume 19, Number 21. The special was dedicated to Professor Seyferth on the occasion of his retirement as editor of the journal. It contained approximately 125 contributions from all over the world.