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Spotlight on Chemistry

Gateway to a better world

A remarkable insight was born when ancient Greek philosophers first postulated that the world is made up of atomos, or indivisible bits of matter. This revelation spawned the modern science of chemistry, built upon our growing understanding of atoms, molecules, and the forces that control them. Today chemistry is the gateway to a wide variety of allied molecular sciences — chemical engineering, bioengineering, biochemistry, synthetic biology, materials science, and nanotechnology — shaping our lives and our society.

The chemical sciences help us understand our material and biological realms, improve our health, develop new sources of renewable energy, and enhance our well‐being through innovative products.

Berkeley’s College of Chemistry is preparing the next generation of scientists, engineers, teachers, and doctors to use chemistry to improve our 21st century world.

Meet Cal Scientists!

How are these Cal scientists using Chemistry to improve our lives? And what do they like best about doing science? Just click on each picture to find out!

John Arnold
Professor
Dept. of Chemistry
Carolyn Bertozzi
Professor
Dept. of Chemistry
Kristie Boering
Associate Professor
Dept. of Chemistry and Dept. of Earth and Planetary Science
Douglas Clark
Professor, Dept. of Chemical Engineering
Executive Associate Dean, College of Chemistry
David B. Graves
Professor
Dept. of Chemical Engineering
Jay D. Keasling
Professor
Dept. of Chemical Engineering and Dept. of Bioengineering
Sandhya Rao
Graduate Student
Dept. of Chemistry
Richard Sarpong
Professor
Dept. of Chemistry
Rachel Segalman
Professor
Dept. of Chemical Engineering
Peidong Yang
Professor
Dept. of Chemistry

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