"At research universities, by and large, undergrads are given a well-defined task without much opportunity to really troubleshoot. Here students have more independence in the day-to-day research decisions, which is closer to the graduate school experience."

-- Jeff Cardon, Professor of Chemistry

Chemistry Research

Faculty and students in the Cornell Chemistry Department have a long tradition of collaborative research. Most of our research takes place in the summer, and we support a number of ongoing projects that are described on our faculty page. Research teams are small, and students receive both professional guidance and access to professional equipment.

We also encourage students to pursue research opportunities at other schools in the summer. And we maintain a relationship with the Oak Ridge Science Semester; a program that allows for a semester-long research experience.

Student Symposium and ACS Conferences

Each year, Cornell students present the results of their research at the Cornell Student Symposium. Examples of their abstracts can be found on the chemistry symposium page. Chemistry students also frequently present their research at regional or national meetings of the American Chemical Society.

Research Funding and Support 

Alumni of the department have contributed the endowed Deskin Fund, named for a distinguished faculty member, retired in 1989, who was instrumental in establishing the research program. This fund is regularly used to support student stipends, as well as for other research needs. Another endowed fund helps in the purchase of new scientific equipment for all the natural sciences.

Equipment (year of acquisition)

  • Atomic absorption spectrometer, Perkin Elmer AAnalyst 200 (2013)
  • FT-NMR, JEOL 270 MHz (1994) (this instrument is in process of replacement)
  • FT-IR spectrometer, Bruker Vertex 70 (2006)
  • Gas chromatograph/mass spectrometer, Agilent 5975C/6850 (2008)
  • High speed centrifuges of various types (1990-2004)
  • HPLC, Agilent 1100 (2002)
  • ICP-Emission spectrometer, Perkin Elmer Optima 1200 DV (2008)
  • Low pressure chromatography system, BioRad (2006)
  • Luminescence spectrometer, Perkin Elmer LS 55 (2006)
  • Raman spectrometer, DeltaNu (2008)
  • Scanning probe microscope, Veeco NanoScope MultiMode IIIa, housed at Coe College (2004)
  • Scanning electron microscope with EDX system, Tescan Vega-II Model SBH, housed at Coe College (2007)
  • Scanning tunneling microscope, Nanosurf (2011)
  • Ultracentrifuge, Beckman (1984)
  • UV-Visible spectrophotometer, Agilent Cary 60 (2013)
  • UV-Visible spectrophotometer, Agilent 8453 (2006)
  • UV-Visible spectrophotometer, Cary 50 (2003)
  • Voltammetric analyzer, Bioanalytical Systems CV-50W (1993)