Graduate Degree Program Summary

Graduate degrees offered


  • M.S.; Ph.D.


A specialization is a well-defined area of study that will appear on your transcript with your degree and major. Specializations are optional in most UNL programs.

Areas of Study
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Biophysical Chemistry
  • Chemical Education
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Bioinformatics
  • Environmental Studies
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Contacts for Chemistry

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Graduate Chair

Dr. David Hage


Graduate Admissions Chair

Dr. Rebecca Lai

402-472-2977 or 877-335-6423

Campus Address

552 Hamilton Hall

Lincoln NE 68588-0304

Application checklist and deadlines

Required by the Office of Graduate Studies

See also: steps to admission.

Required by Chemistry in GAMES

After you apply, allow one business day for us to establish your access to GAMES, where you'll complete these departmental requirements:

  • Entrance exam(s): GRE (Chemistry subject test recommended)
  • Minimum English proficiency: Paper TOEFL 550, Internet TOEFL 79, IELTS 6.5
  • Three recommendation letters
  • Statement of purpose

When sending GRE or TOEFL scores, UNL's institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed.

Application Deadlines for Chemistry
For domestic students or international students currently attending a college or university in the USFall: January 15 Spring: September 30
For International StudentsFall: December 15 Spring: September 15
About deadlinesThe Department of Chemistry encourages applicants to send all application materials as early as possible and prefers to receive applications by the deadlines listed above but will consider applications received after those dates depending on the availability of assistantships. Early registration will increase applicants' opportunities to get into their desired area of study and be awarded one of the program's premium fellowships.


Programs leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in chemistry are available. Areas of emphasis include analytical, bio-, inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry. Students are also able to participate in interdisciplinary studies through the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Center for Materials and Nanoscience, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Center for Biotechnology, the University of Nebraska Center for Environmental Toxicology, and the University of Nebraska Cancer Center. The latter two programs run jointly between the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

The graduate program features a "Research First" approach where the focus is research intensive in place of a coursework intensive focus the first year of study. Graduate students have the opportunity to experience research in action by selecting and joining rotation research groups their first year while also participating in some coursework.

The department is the sole occupant of Hamilton Hall, a modern nine-story building containing lecture halls, research and teaching labs, full-time glassblowing and electronics shops, a variety of modern research instrumentation, and the Nebraska Center for Mass Spectrometry.

Courses and More

Students in Chemistry are most likely to take courses in: See also: Course Catalog in the Graduate Bulletin.

Students will work with an advisor to create a Program of Studies or Memorandum of Courses during the first half of their coursework.

Faculty and research

David Berkowitz
Synthetic Organic Mechanistic Enzymology; Improved Methods for Catalyst Development
James Carr
Trace Substances in Water; Contaminated Water
Ron Cerny
Mass Spectrometry; Structure of Biomolecules
Chin Li (Barry) Cheung
Nanomaterials Chemistry; Materials Research for Neutron Detection; Scanning Probe Microscopy for Structural Biology and Nanophysics
Stephen DiMagno
Energy Conversion; Drug Design
Eric Dodds
Mass Spectrometry; Analysis of Oligosaccharides and Glycoconjugates; Analysis of Non-Covalent Biomolecular Complexes
Analytical and Analytical Biochemistry
Liangchen Du
Biosyntheic Mechanism and Metabolic Engineering of Natural Products
Organic and Biochemistry
Patrick Dussault
Synthesis of Organic Peroxides; New Oxidation Chemistry
Craig Eckhardt
Spectroscopy; Intermolecular Interactions in Organic Solids and Crystals
Mark Griep
Biodefense Research; Antibiotic Discovery; Pathogenic Bacteria; DNA Replication; Bioinformatics
Biochemistry and Biophysical
Jiantao Guo
Chemical Biology; Natural Product Biosynthesis; Synthetic Biology; Biomolecular Evolution
David Hage
Chromatographic-Based Immunoassays; Separation Methods
Analytical and Analytical Biochemistry
Gerard Harbison
NMR Solution and Solids; Quantum Chemistry; Inelastic Neutron Scattering and Vibrational Spectroscopy
Biophysical and Physical
Jason Kautz
Charles Kingsbury
Geometry of Organic Molecules
Rebecca Lai
Biosensor Research; Protein Scaffolds
Analytical and Bioanalytical
Marjorie Langell
Surface Chemistry of Transition Metal Oxides
Hui Li
Quantam Chemistry; Polarizable Force Field; QM/MM Methods; Continuum Solvation Models; Intermolecular Interaction; Photochemistry
Physical, Computational and Biophysical
Stephen Morin
Materials Chemistry; Nanoscience
Lawrence Parkhurst
Rapid Reaction Kinetics; Laser Spectroscopy; Eukaryotic Transcription
Biophysical and Physical
Robert Powers
Bioinformatics; Drug Discovery; Functional Genomics; NMR Spectroscopy; Structural Biology; Metabolomics
Analytical and Biophysical
Andrzej Rajca
Organic Materials with Magnetic and Optical Properties; Organic Radicals for Biomedicine and Biophysics
Jody Redepenning
Electrochemistry; Biomaterials; Magnetoresistance; Electron Tunneling
Alexander Sinitskii
Materials science; Inorganic chemistry; Synthesis of Nanomaterials; Self-Assembly Techniques; Nanoscale Device Fabrication
Cliff Stains
Bioorganic Chemistry; Chemical Biology; Directed Evolution; Small-Molecule Labeling; Split-Protein Reassembly; Protein-Protein Interactions; Protein-Nucleic Acid Interactions; Cell Motility; Cell Signaling
Biochemical and Organic
Marilyne Stains
Chemical Educations; Science Education; Research-Practice Gap; Expert-Novice; Mixed-Method Design; Cognitive Task Analysis
Chemical Education
James Takacs
Asymmetric Catalysis; Enzyme Inhibitor Design
Xiao Cheng Zeng
Nanosciences; Computer-Aided Molecular and Materials Design
Jian Zhang
Inorganic Materials Chemistry; Synthetic Nanochemistry; Supramolecular Chemistry; Electrocatalysis; Photocatalysis

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