The Department maintains core research strengths in organic and natural products chemistry, environmental and bioanalytical chemistry, and materials chemistry. The materials chemistry group is internationally recognized through its activities in the National Science Foundation Phase II Center for Sustainable Materials Chemistry (CSMC).  Our research program is driven by the largest PhD program on campus, reflecting a focused commitment to graduate education.   The Department has established campus leadership in helping to establish and sustain several nationally-competitive, shared instrumentation facilities - NMR, EM, MS, X-ray, and MaSC. We have an entrepreneurial spirit as demonstrated by our faculty and students translating their basic-science findings into commercial activities through startups, licensing, and unique university-industry partnerships. We have a Tier I competitive track record in annual publications per faculty member and postdocs per faculty member.  Additionally, we are above Tier II average for grant dollars per faculty member. 



OSU’s Strategic Plan 3.0 targets a 20% increase in PhD’s awarded and 16% increase in grant funding by 2018. As Chemistry is the largest PhD program on campus, we will excel at research and graduate education through the following goals:

Research and Graduate Education Goals


Grow grant support per faculty member in constant dollars by 50% over the next ten years. 


Double the number of graduate degrees awarded annually over the next ten years.


Grow tenure stream faculty size to 25 FTE by 2018 and 30 FTE by 2024. 


Departmental Commitments

  • Establish at least two new centers / institutes / consortia and maintain funding for the current center, with Chemistry serving a leadership role (Supports Goals A1-A3).
  • Establish a leadership academy to provide professional development skills for our graduates (Supports Goal A2).
  • Require all search committee chairs for hiring (including graduate student recruiting committee chair) to have completed the OSU Search Advocate workshop for all faculty & staff hiring by Fall 2015 (Supports Goals A2-A3).
  • Develop a multi-year hiring plan by Fall 2014 (Supports Goals A1-A3).
  • Recruit a cohort of new faculty around our Christensen Professorship endowment by Fall 2018 (Supports Goals A1-A3). 
  • Continue to match or exceed Tier I schools in publications and postdocs per faculty member (Supports Goal A1-A3).
  • Review overall program to keep coursework and training current (Supports Goal A2).
  • Proactively nominate faculty and students for external honors and awards (Supports Goal A1).
  • Develop hiring strategies to support burgeoning programs in Bend and Newport by Fall 2015 (Supports Goal A1-A3).

Potential Investments

  • Institutional Investments: Institutional support for research needs to be comparable with Tier 1 institutions. Specifically, we welcome continued and augmented investments to create competitive startup packages, lab space, faculty salaries, level of staff support and GTA budget. These investments are needed to leverage existing strengths while supporting OSU's Strategic Plan 3.0.  Targeted investments to help reduce teaching loads (particularly for junior faculty) would be enabling  (Supports Goals A1-A3).
  • Infrastructure Investments: We look forward to continued discussion of a new LPSC-like facility(s) to address the remaining 2/3 tenure stream faculty who are currently housed in Gilbert Hall (Built in 1939, partially remodeleld in 1981). New facilities would enable student and faculty recruiting, strengthen the missions of the Department while expanding its capacity, and facilitate cutting-edge, boundary-crossing research.    We have an immediate need for $5M to remodel Gilbert Hall to house 5 new tenure stream hires by 2018 (Supports Goals A1-A3).
  • OSU Foundation Partnerships:   The Department is committed to helping the University attract private funding through working closely with the OSU Foundation. We aim to be active participants in growing the potential donor base and cultivating major gift support for top priorities including graduate education and faculty support  (Supports Goals A1-A3).