Welcome to the Department of Chemistry

Chemistry, the central science, is an integral part of modern life and forms the basis for advances in nearly all areas of science and technology.  Students and faculty in Chemistry at the University of Maine work together to answer questions related to major societal issues:  energy, the environment, modern materials, and health and medicine.  We invite you to explore our undergraduate and graduate programs and to learn more about our research.  If you have questions or would like to make arrangements for a tour of our department, please contact Dr. Alice Bruce, Chair, 152/271 Aubert Hall, 581-1168/ 581-1182, abruce@maine.edu

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Department News

We are hiring!!

The Department of Chemistry at the University of Maine (Orono, ME) invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in organic chemistry, anticipated to begin August 30, 2021. The position will be a joint appointment between Chemistry and the Frontier Institute for Research in Sensor Technologies (FIRST).  Click here for full job advertisement.


Department Senior Awards

Peng Cheng, a senior double major in CHY and Math, won the UMaine Student Symposium 2021 Undergraduate Award for the Physical and Mathematical Sciences category in a virtual ceremony on April 16th.

Chelsea Sainsbury, senior, was recognized as the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Outstanding Senior Award for the Department of Chemistry in a virtual awards ceremony on April 19th.


Faculty Mentor Award

JayIt is with great pleasure that we announce that Dr. Jay Rasaiah has been selected by the Graduate Student Government (GSG) as one the recipients of the 2020-2021 Graduate Faculty Mentor Award!  The Graduate Faculty Mentor Awards are given each year to outstanding mentors of graduate students at the University of Maine. This is an opportunity for graduate students to help recognize their mentor for their support and advice.  The award was presented at a virtual ceremony on April 28, 2021.
Congratulations Jay!

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Research Highlights

Recent graduates from Professor Jay Rasaiah’s research group, Dr. Mohsen Farshad and Dr. Dylan Suvlu have taken postdoctoral positions. Mohsen has joined the research group of Professor Michael L. Klein at Temple University and Dylan is a postdoctoral fellow at MIT with Professor Adam Willard. Their recent publications are listed below.

Ms. Charitha Perera, a graduate student in Professor Jay Rasaiah’s research group has recently published a paper. She has also been invited to speak on her research at Saint Amselm College in NH on Friday April 9th. The title of her talk will be “A Density Functional Study of Water Splitting Reaction Pathway on ZnO Nanoclusters.”

CLAS Outstanding Lecturer Award 2021

The Department of Chemistry wishes to extend sincere congratulations to Dr. Natalie Machamer for receiving the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Outstanding Lecturer Award for 2021.  CLAS will be celebrating its faculty achievement awards at a virtual ceremony on May 6th. 

Congratulations Natalie!

Seminar Series

Chemistry Department

The Graduate Research Seminar is done for the AY20-21.

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