The Department of Chemistry

Researchers in Rice University Department of Chemistry are world leaders in nanotechnology. The department is home to two Nobel laureates and five members of the National Academy of Sciences, and one of only six centers funded by the National Science Foundation for nanoscale science and engineering. In addition to the classical research areas of organic, inorganic, physical and theoretical chemistry, interdisciplinary research has long been a central focus at Rice, and work that spans science and engineering is particularly facile here.

For more information, please visit the Department of Chemistry website. Download the graduate study brochure and graduate program handbook.

Areas of Research

  • Bioinorganic
  • Biomaterials
  • Bioorganic
  • Biophysical
  • Chemical Education
  • Chemical Physics
  • Inorganic
  • Materials
  • Nanotechnology
  • Organic
  • Organometallic
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Physical
  • Theoretical


Degrees Offered:


While the department does not offer a Master's degree in Chemistry, students typically earn one en route to the Ph.D.

Teaching is a requirement to earn your degree. All chemistry graduate students at Rice University receive financial support throughout the twelve-month year. Entering students are normally awarded Rice University fellowships, which carry stipends of $28,000 per annum and an additional grant to cover tuition.

The Department of Chemistry Contact Information

Professor Matteo Pasquali, Chair
201 Space Science
Phone: 713-348-5830
Fax: 713-348-5155