Analytical chemistry is the investigation of the separation, detection, identification and quantification of atomic, molecular, and ionic species.
Bioinorganic chemistry is about the structure, function, mechanism, and dynamics of biologically relevant metal complexes and metal-containing proteins.
Bioorganic chemistry applies the principles and techniques of organic chemistry to solve problems of biological relevance or takes inspiration from biology to develop new chemical processes.
Biophysical chemistry studies the properties of biological molecules along with the principles and methods of physics and physical chemistry.
We define chemical biology as the application of chemistry to the study of molecular events in biological systems.
The breadth of modern inorganic chemistry is reflected in the research interests of Cornell's faculty.
Materials research at Cornell has a continuing tradition of excellence from both an engineering and a chemical perspective.
Organic chemistry is the cornerstone of many sub-disciplines including bioorganic, polymer, organic materials, organometallic, and physical organic chemistry.
Organometallic chemistry melds the disciplines of inorganic and organic in examining the structure – both conformational and electronic -- and reactivity of compounds containing metal-carbon bonds. Main group and transition metal reagents are investigated in the context of stoichiometric and catalytic transformations critical to the synthesis of fine and commodity chemicals.
Investigations in physical chemistry combine the tools of physics, chemistry, and mathematics to uncover information about processes ranging from the immune response of the body to the structure and reactivity of semiconductor surfaces.
Polymer chemistry research at Cornell is geared to a fundamental understanding of polymer systems ranging from fully biological to synthetic macromolecules.