Chemistry Research

As the central science, research in chemistry is foundational to understanding and improving the world in which we live. From diagnosing and treating disease, through solving the world’s energy crisis, to understanding the origins of life itself, chemistry research at Portland State University is focused on both fundamental and practical problems facing our world today. This work is enhanced through strong ties to local and statewide research initiatives and collaborations with other Portland State faculty as well as researchers across the nation and around the globe. The active incorporation of research discoveries into teaching programs and academic and industrial collaborations is a distinctive feature of the Department of Chemistry and provides students with a world-class interdisciplinary education.

While chemistry faculty at Portland State have research programs rooted in the traditional chemistry disciplines (analytical chemistry, biochemistry, and inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry), interdisciplinary research is an integral part of our program. Portland State University faculty pursue research in biophysics, catalysis, chemical biology, chemistry education, molecular imaging, nanotechnology, renewable energy, sensors, synthesis, therapeutics, and environmental, green, materials, and systems chemistry.

Browse our departmental research by:

Traditional Discipline


Interdisciplinary Focus

Analytical Chemistry



Molecular imaging





Inorganic Chemistry


Chemical Biology

Renewable Energy

Organic Chemistry


Environmental Chemistry


Physical Chemistry


Green Chemistry


 Chemistry Education


Materials Chemistry

Systems Chemistry



The Portland State University research blog provides a place for faculty and students to highlight their research, scholarly, and creative activities.

Chemistry research at Portland State is supported by major grants from

NASA National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Department of Energy National Institutes of Health American Chemical Society Research Corporation for Science Advancement
Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation M J Murdock Charitable Trust National Science Foundation Intel Oregon Translational Research and Development Institute Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute