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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 explores the atomic level dynamics of the interactions of molecules with surfaces of materials that serve as catalysts relevant to energy production and environmental sustainability or as templates for nanodevices.
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Arup K. Chakraborty

John M. Deutch Institute 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

W. M. Keck Professor of Energy
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

John and Dorothy Wilson 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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Masha Elkin

Assistant Professor
Research in the Elkin Group combines catalyst development, natural products synthesis, and machine learning to tackle important chemical challenges.
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John M. Essigmann

Professor Post-Tenure
Research in the Essigmann 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 Emeritus
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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Danna Freedman

F.G. Keyes Professor
The Freedman Group applies the atomistic control inherent to synthetic chemistry to address fundamental questions in physics.
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Robert J. Gilliard, Jr.

Novartis Associate Professor
The Gilliard Lab is engaged in energy-relevant chemical synthesis at the interface of inorganic and organic chemistry that impacts the discovery of new chemical reagents and the design of redox-active and/or luminescent molecular materials.
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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

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

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

Assistant Professor
The Johnson Laboratory uses chemical and biophysical tools to understand and tune the activity of molecular chaperone proteins in protein misfolding diseases.
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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 Emeritus
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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Heather J. Kulik

Associate Professor
The Kulik group leverages multi-scale modeling, electronic structure calculations, and machine learning for the discovery of new molecules and mechanisms in a range of materials from metal-organic frameworks to enzymes and organometallics.
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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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Brett McGuire

Class of '43 C.D. Assistant Professor
Research in the McGuire Group uses the tools of physical chemistry, molecular spectroscopy, and observational astrophysics to understand how the chemical ingredients for life evolve with and help shape the formation of stars and planets.
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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
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

Ivan R. Cottrell Professor of Immunology
Our current research program is motivated by the global problems of infectious disease and antibiotic resistance.
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Sam Peng

Pfizer-Laubach C.D. Assistant Professor
The Peng Laboratory develops optical imaging techniques and nanoprobes to enable long-term single-molecule imaging in living systems and reveal molecular interactions that are responsible for human diseases.
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Bradley L. Pentelute

Professor
The Pentelute Lab develops new protein modification chemistries, adapts nature's machines for efficient macromolecule delivery into cells, invents flow technologies for rapid biopolymer production, and discovers peptide binders to proteins.
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Alexander T. Radosevich

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

Roger and Georges 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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Yuriy Román

Professor of Chemistry & Chemical Engineering
The focus of the Román Group's research lies at the interface of heterogeneous catalysis and materials design.
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Gabriela S. Schlau-Cohen

Associate 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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Alex K. Shalek

J. W. Kieckhefer Professor
The Shalek Lab creates and implements new approaches to elucidate cellular and molecular features that inform tissue-level function and dysfunction across the spectrum of human health and disease.
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Matthew D. Shoulders

Professor
The Shoulders Laboratory (1) studies how cells fold proteins and (2) develops ​and applies next-generation protein engineering and directed evolution techniques to address biotechnology challenges.
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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 L.M. Suess

Associate 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

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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Steven R. Tannenbaum

Professor Post-Tenure
For many years, the Tannenbaum lab has been interested in the formation, distribution, and metabolism of nitrate, nitrite, and N-nitroso compounds.
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Troy Van Voorhis

Department Head, 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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Xiao Wang

Cabot Assistant Professor
The Wang Group develops and applies new chemical and biophysical tools to better understand the molecular events in the brain.
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Alison Wendlandt

Associate 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

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

Pfizer-Laubach C.D. Associate 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.