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Moungi Bawendi

Lester Wolfe Professor
The Bawendi Lab focuses on the science and applications of nanocrystals, especially semiconductor nanocrystal (aka quantum dots).
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Stephen Leffler Buchwald

Camille Dreyfus Professor
Research in the Buchwald Group combines elements of organic synthesis, physical organic chemistry and organometallic chemistry to devise catalytic processes of use in solving problems of fundamental importance.
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Jianshu Cao

Professor
The Cao Group develops theoretical models for understanding the structure and dynamics of complex molecular systems.
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Sylvia Teresse Ceyer

John C Sheehan Professor
The Ceyer Group studies the dynamics of the interactions of molecules with surfaces of materials.
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Arup K Chakraborty

Robert T. Haslam Professor
The central focus of the Chakraborty Group is to understand the mechanistic underpinnings of the adaptive immune response to pathogens, and harness this understanding to help design better vaccines and therapies.
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Christopher C Cummins

Henry Dreyfus Professor
Research in the Cummins group is focused on developing new methods of inorganic synthesis to address a variety of interesting questions.
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Rick Lane Danheiser

A C Cope Professor
Current investigations in our laboratory focus on the development of new synthetic methods and strategies, and their application in the total synthesis of natural products and biologically important compounds.
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John M Deutch

Emeritus Institute Professor
John Deutch has been a member of the MIT faculty since 1970, and has served as Chairman of the Department of Chemistry, Dean of Science and Provost.
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Mircea Dincă

Associate Professor
The Dincă Lab is focused on addressing research challenges related to the storage and consumption of energy and global environmental concerns.
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Catherine L Drennan

Professor
By combining X-ray crystallography, cryo-electron microscopy and other biophysical methods, the goal of the Drennan lab is to “visualize” molecular processes by obtaining snapshots of enzymes in action.
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John M Essigmann

William R. and Betsy P. Leitch Professor
Research in the Esssigmann Group focuses on how repair enzymes remove structural damage from DNA and on how the adducts that evade repair either kill cells or induce mutations and cancer.
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Robert W Field

Haslam and Dewey Professor
Tunable lasers, often two or three simultaneously, are used in Field's Current Research Group to investigate the structural and dynamical properties of small, gas phase molecules.
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Frederick Greene

Emeritus Professor
Frederick Greene joined the Department of Chemistry faculty in 1953, and was appointed by then Department Head Arthur C. Cope.
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Robert Guy Griffin

Arthur Amos Noyes Professor
A large fraction of the Griffin Group's research effort is devoted to the development of new magnetic resonance techniques to study molecular structure and dynamics
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Mei Hong

Professor
The Hong group develops and applies high-resolution solid-state NMR spectroscopy to elucidate the structure and dynamics of biological macromolecules, with an emphasis on membrane proteins.
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Barbara Imperiali

Class of 1922 Professor
Employing a multidisciplinary approach involving synthesis, state-of-the-art spectroscopy, molecular modeling, enzymology, and molecular biology to address fundamental problems at the interface of chemistry and biology.
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Timothy F Jamison

Department Head and Robert R. Taylor Professor
The mission of the Jamison group is to accelerate chemical synthesis through new reactions and technologies, particularly through the use of continuous flow synthesis, nickel-catalysis and epoxide-opening cascades.
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Jeremiah A Johnson

Associate Professor
The Johnson laboratory seeks creative, macromolecular solutions to problems at the interface of chemistry, medicine, biology, and materials science.
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Daniel S Kemp

Emeritus Professor
Daniel Kemp is known for being the author of a widely used organic chemistry textbook, entitled Organic Chemistry.
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Laura L Kiessling

Novartis Professor
The Kiessling Group uses chemical biology to elucidate the biological roles of carbohydrates, with a focus on learning new mechanistic concepts.
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Alexander M Klibanov

Novartis Professor
Enzymatic catalysis in nonaqueous solvents, enzymes as stereoselective catalysts in organic synthesis, novel microbicidal materials, and the stabilization and delivery of macromolecular pharmaceuticals.
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Stephen J. Lippard

Arthur Amos Noyes Professor Emeritus
The focus of Professor Lippard's research is on the synthesis, reactions, physical and structural properties of metal complexes as models for the active sites of metalloproteins and as anti-cancer drugs.
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Mohammad Movassaghi

Professor
Complex natural product synthesis in concert with discovery, development, and mechanistic study of new reactions for organic synthesis.
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Keith Adam Nelson

Haslam and Dewey Professor of Chemistry
Our research is aimed at time-resolved optical study and control of condensed matter structural changes and the collective modes of motion through which they occur.
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Elizabeth Marie Nolan

Associate Professor
Our current research program is motivated by the global problems of infectious disease and antibiotic resistance.
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Bradley L. Pentelute

Associate Professor
The Pentelute Lab invents new protein modification chemistries, adapts Nature's biological machines for efficient drug delivery into cells, and creates new technologies to rapidly manufacture peptides and proteins.
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Alexander T. Radosevich

Associate Professor
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.
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Ronald T Raines

Firmenich Professor
Using techniques that range from synthetic chemistry to cell biology, the Raines group is illuminating in atomic detail both the chemical basis and the biological purpose for protein structure and protein function.
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Gabriela S Schlau-Cohen

Cabot Career Development Assistant Professor
Research in the Schlau-Cohen group is inherently multidisciplinary and combines tools from chemistry, optics, biology, and microscopy to develop new approaches to probe dynamics.
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Richard Royce Schrock

F G Keyes Professor Emeritus
Professor Schrock is interested broadly in synthetic and mechanistic organotransition metal and inorganic chemistry, catalysis, and polymers.
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Dietmar Seyferth

Emeritus Professor
Dietmar Seyferth has published widely on topics in organometallic chemistry and is the founding editor of the journal Organometallics.
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Alex K Shalek

Pfizer-Laubach Career Development Assistant Professor
Research in the Shalek Lab is directed towards the creation and implementation of new technologies to understand how cells collectively perform systems-level functions in healthy and diseased states.
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Matthew D Shoulders

Whitehead Career Development Associate Professor
The Shoulders Laboratory is focused on integrating the tools of chemistry and biology to elucidate the complex pathways responsible for maintaining cellular protein homeostasis.
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Susan Solomon

Lee and Geraldine Martin Professor
The Solomon Group's current focus is on issues relating to both atmospheric chemistry and climate change.
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Jeffrey I Steinfeld

Emeritus Professor
Professor Steinfeld's research interests evolved from focusing on obtaining kinetic data for physical and chemical systems using time-resolved spectroscopy, to ultimately studying gigaseconds and large, interconnected systems.
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JoAnne Stubbe

Novartis Professor Emeritus
JoAnne Stubbe studies ribonucleotide reductases — essential enzymes that provide the building blocks for DNA replication, repair and successful targets of multiple clinical drugs.
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Daniel Leif Migdow Suess

Assistant Professor
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 positively impact the environment.
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Yogesh Surendranath

Paul M Cook Career Dev Associate Professor
The Surendranath Lab is focused on addressing global challenges in the areas of chemical catalysis, energy storage and utilization, and environmental stewardship.
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Timothy Manning Swager

John D. MacArthur Professor
Broadly focused on synthetic, supramolecular, analytical, and materials chemistry, the Swager Group is interested in a spectrum of topics with an emphasis on the synthesis and construction of functional assemblies.
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Troy Van Voorhis

Haslam and Dewey Professor
The Van Voorhis Group is developing new methods – primarily based on density functional theory (DFT) – that provide an accurate description of excited electron motion in molecular systems.
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Alison Wendlandt

Assistant Professor
Research in the Wendlandt Group focuses on the development of selective, catalytic reactions using the tools of organic/organometallic synthesis and physical organic chemistry.
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Adam P. Willard

Associate Professor
The Willard Group uses theory and simulation to explore the role of molecular fluctuation in a variety of chemical phenomena.
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Bin Zhang

Assistant Professor
The Zhang Lab aims to build a global framework of the human genome that connects its sequence with structure and activity, and to enable quantitative and predictive modeling of genome structure and function.