Interested in Doing Research in Chemistry?

Come talk with the Chemistry faculty and learn more about their research projects!

Research Project Selection FormUndergraduate Chemical Research (CH 390) syllabus
Research Funding Opportunity

Washburn Transformational Experience (WTE)

Research in Chemistry

Student research projects are available in the major areas of chemistry:

Analytical Chemistry

  • Separation science-capillary electrophoresis (CE), HPLC, GC
  • Capillary coatings for separation of proteins and amino acids and other biologically important molecules using capillary electrophoresis
  • Nanoparticle enhanced capillary electrophoresis (NPECE)
  • Environmental chemistry-analysis of pollutants in water and soil samples (for example heavy metal ions)


  • Enzyme kinetics
  • Protein mutagenesis
  • Acetate/acetyl-CoA metabolism
  • Molecular parasitology

Inorganic Chemistry

  • Coordination chemistry
  • Synthesis of tetraazamacrocycles
  • Synthesis of novel coordination complexes
  • NMR analysis of simple cobalt(III) complexes
Dr. Shaun Schmidt's web page

Organic Chemistry

  • Organic synthesis
  • Synthesis of biologically significant tetrapyrroles
  • Structural analysis by NMR spectroscopy

Physical Chemistry

  • Kinetics
  • Solvent-free synthesis
  • Computational chemistry