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.
Researchers in the Suess Lab tackle problems at the interface of inorganic and biological chemistry. Our main objective is to understand the molecular chemistry that underlies global biogeochemical cycles, with the ultimate goal of deploying this knowledge to improve human health and to positively impact the environment.
We focus primarily on metal-chalcogenide clusters and materials and the challenging redox reactions they perform. Biological iron-sulfur clusters are now known to catalyze an increasingly large number of complex reactions including the fixation of inert gases, radical rearrangements, group transfer reactions, and organometallic reactions. In parallel, synthetic metal-chalcogenide materials are being developed as promising earth-abundant electrocatalysts, most notably for reactions that are central to a solar fuels paradigm (such as O2 and H+ reduction). In all cases, obtaining molecular-level mechanistic insight into these transformations has been a significant challenge owing to the structural and electronic complexity of metal-chalcogenide clusters and materials.
Work in the Suess Lab addresses these challenges using molecular chemistry, and in doing so reveals the design principles that govern the remarkable reactivity of these catalysts. Researchers study both biological and synthetic systems, and thus hone a diverse set of skills including protein expression and purification, air-free Schlenk techniques, and advanced spectroscopy such as EPR/ENDOR.