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Chemistry

With its culture of collaboration and focus on solutions, the chemistry department is poised to help build a better future.

Chemists at Stanford imagine a world in which AIDS is a curable disease and the next generation of energy comes from sheets of matter no thicker than a single atom.

Considered one of the best in the country, the department houses a critical mass of great minds—not only leading faculty, but top-notch graduate students who come here to push the boundaries of knowledge.

With chemistry classrooms and labs located just steps away from Stanford’s world-class medical and engineering schools, students and professors embark on unparalleled interdisciplinary collaborations. They are teaming up with medical researchers to create a new class of highly localized anesthetics and interfacing with physicists and material scientists to design efficient energy sources.

Together, chemistry students and faculty have the potential to make discoveries that could change the world as we know it.

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  • Paul Wender featured on KQED QuestPaul Wender featured on KQED Quest
    AIDS remains a serious public health crisis among low-income African-Americans, particularly women. And in sub-Saharan Africa, the virus killed more than 1.6 million people in 2007. QUEST meets two Bay Area research groups studying innovative approaches that could lead to new treatments and possibly a cure.
  • DNA puts chemists on scent of better artificial noseDNA puts chemists on scent of better artificial nose
    Stanford chemists working on an “artificial nose” have developed new sensors that offer more information “per sniff” than most existing noses. The sensors, made by sticking fluorescent compounds onto a backbone of DNA, are easy and cheap to make and could help the devices become widely available.

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