Department of Chemistry

Student Research

A graduate student examines microscope scans of a compound

At Illinois Tech you can participate in chemistry instead of just reading about it. Get into the lab with professors and put chemistry to work. Innovate, experiment, and push the boundaries of what’s possible.

As an undergraduate, you’ll have the opportunity to join your professors in their research, including:

  • Developing new cancer treatments with Professor Hyun-Soon Chong
  • Synthesizing more efficient materials for solar energy conversion with Associate Professor Adam Hock or Professor Braja Mandal
  • Inventing nanopore sensors with Professor Xiyun (Richard) Guan for use in detecting bio-terrorist chemicals or environmental pollutants

Faculty research is funded by the National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, Argonne National Laboratory, Rush University, National Institute of Standards and Technology, United States Army, and other organizations.

Students may do research during the school year or between terms. The College of Science provides $5,000 Undergraduate Summer Research Stipends to do research with professors for 10 weeks during the summer. Examples of past undergraduate chemistry research with faculty includes the work of:

  • John Clark, with Associate Professor David Minh, on research in computational methods for predicting binding affinities between proteins and small molecules
  • Emily Mick, with Professor Hyun-Soon Chong, on NIH-funded cancer research making fluorescent iron-depleting agents for cancer therapy and imaging