Welcome to Chemistry

The Central Science. Chemistry is the link that connects problems in the fundamental nature of matter to the most complex problems in the processes of life. Members of our department bring chemistry to life as cutting-edge researchers and as teachers for students across the university.

Undergraduates majoring in chemistry can go on to several professional fields, including medicine and graduate study, and are also in high demand in fields like secondary education.  Our commitment to teaching is also reflected in our desire to build a community environment and provide every opportunity of success for our undergraduates. Toward that end, we  have initiated  a Chemistry Learning Community for our first year and transfer students.

Our Ph.D. program has a history of cutting edge and often interdisciplinary research that will teach you to be an independent scientist, ready for a career in industry or academia. Our goal is to help you learn the most modern research techniques and to think creatively about solutions to major scientific problems.

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The Department of Chemistry at ISU seeks candidates for tenure-track Assistant Professor positions in (a) inorganic and (b) theoretical and computational chemistry, both broadly defined.  Candidates should have a demonstrated potential for transformative research and excellent classroom teaching. Candidates with expertise complementing those that already exist in chemistry and related departments and who are willing to collaborate are strongly encouraged.

Qualified applicants must have a PhD in chemistry or a closely related discipline, a strong research record, and enthusiasm for teaching undergraduate and graduate chemistry courses. For further information about these positions and to apply online see http://www.iastatejobs.com. Inorganic #600167 and Theoretical and/or Computational #600168.The application package should include a cover letter, a CV listing publications, statements of future research plans and interests (max. of 10 pages), and of teaching philosophy (max. of 3 pages), and 3 references.  To be given full consideration, applications must be submitted by October 1, 2016.

As part of a major interdisciplinary hiring initiative (las.iastate.edu/faculty-careers) in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (www.las.iastate.edu/) at Iowa State University (ISU), a new joint initiative by the Departments of Chemistry and Physics & Astronomy aims to foster and enhance capabilities in mesoscale science. Multiple new hires in the field of Mesoscale Science are planned over the next 2-3 years and should expect to benefit from and contribute to the interaction and collaboration among these and other departments. This mesoscale initiative includes synthesis, characterization, and theoretical understanding of novel functional materials with unique properties controlled by their complex, multi-scale heterogeneous structure. It will build on existing strengths in synthesis of functional nanomaterials, experimental condensed matter physics, and theory & simulation within both departments, and related efforts at the USDOE Ames Laboratory. Candidates with an interest in this area are particularly encouraged to apply.

Iowa State University is an EO/AA employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender or gender expression, national origin, disability, or protected Vets status. The University and the LAS College provide an intellectual environment conducive to academic excellence and diversity, offer mentoring programs for new faculty, and are committed to increasing the diversity of the faculty, the student body, and the curriculum.

Iowa State University (www.iastate.edu) is an AAU-member comprehensive, land grant, Carnegie Doctoral/Research Extensive University with an enrollment of over 36,000 students. The university is located in Ames, IA, one of the nation's most highly rated metropolitan areas of its size. ISU is committed to achieving inclusive excellence through a diverse workforce and is dedicated to supporting work-life balance through flexible policies.


A reunion of ISU Chemistry alumni was organized by Professor Kwang-Hwa Lii, on the occasion of a visit to Taiwan by Professor Pat Thiel. The reunion was celebrated with a dinner in Taipei. Pat was very impressed and proud of the success that these alumni have achieved, and continue to achieve, in their careers.

Persons seated left to right are:

•Huang-Tsung Chang, Department of Chemistry, National Taiwan University (PhD with Edward Yeung)
•Chi-Shen Lee, Department of Applied Chemistry, National Chia-Tung University (PhD with Gordon Miller)
•Kwang-Hwa Lii, Department Chemistry, National Central University (PhD with Robert McCarley)
•Sue-Lein Wang, Department of Chemistry, National Tsing Hua University (PhD with Robert Jacobson)
•Pat Thiel, Department of Chemistry, Iowa State University
•Shian-Jy Wang, MegaPro Biomedical Co. (PhD with Robert Angelici)
•Wei-Ming Hung, Lanyang Technology (PhD with John Corbett)
•Wen-Bih Tzeng, Institute of Atomic and Molecular Science, Academia Sinica (PhD with Cheuk-Yiu Ng)
•Ta-Chau Chang, Institute of Atomic and Molecular Science, Academia Sinica (PhD with Gerald Small)