Physics and Chemistry

Chemistry and physics together cover a wide variety of disciplines, ranging from the creation of a substance that has never existed, to the study of the fundamental laws and structure of the Universe. Chemistry and physics at Arizona State University is committed, first and foremost, to developing the highest quality programs and research opportunities for students.

ASU faculty in the School of Molecular Sciences and Department of Physics are among the finest researchers, teachers and mentors in the field today, ranked 6th in research impact. The faculty include fellows of prestigious science organizations such as the National Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Physical Society and the American Chemical Society, Regents’ Professors, noted authors and some nationally recognized for research in science education. In addition to outstanding faculty, dedicated staff work to support research and teaching at every level.

ASU faculty and students tackle some of the most challenging chemical physics problems of today, combining theory, spectroscopy, cosmology, nuclear and particle physics, biological physics, synthesis, molecular biology and geochemistry to forge fundamental understandings of the world. We look through the lens of physics, as well as biology, to understand cancer, and toward biological invention and biomimicry to develop advanced materials. Chemistry and physics are at the frontier of breakthrough scientific and technological approaches.

Beyond is a pioneering center devoted to confronting the really big questions of science and philosophy.
Our mission is to construct a complete system for solar-powered production of fuels such as hydrogen via water splitting. Our design principles are drawn from fundamental concepts in photosynthetic energy conversion.
Creating new frontiers in biological/biologically-based artificial systems to address societal energy needs in sustainable ways, the Center for Bioenergy and Photosynthesis emphasizes solar energy conversion and bio-inspired energy transformation.
The Center for Biological Physics at ASU conducts research into biological phenomena using the tools and methodologies of physics.
ASU houses one of 12 national physical sciences-oncology centers sponsored by NIH to examine whether controlling malignancy can be made by scientists outside of the cancer research community.
Physics is at the foundation of all fields of science, engineering and technology, including materials and nanoscale science, biological physics, particle-astrophysics, and cosmology.
The LeRoy Eyring Center for Solid State Science supports materials research across a broad range of scientific disciplines, including physics, chemistry, biological sciences, geology and engineering
The School of Molecular Sciences at ASU is ranked sixth in the world in high impact publications.