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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. Below are stories relating to chemistry.
How are these Cal scientists using chemistry to improve our lives? And what do they like best about doing science? Read on!
The advancement of green chemistry is a cornerstone of social and environmental sustainability. Read on to find out more about how the Berkeley chemistry community is doing its part.
Read about how the Chemical Engineering department celebrates its national ranking and outstanding GSIs! (October 2009)
Mrs. Roine’s 5th grade class at Havens Elementary School sent me to meet some chemists at UC Berkeley. Melanie and Jason invited me in to their laboratory, where they study all kinds of things like how to use plants to make fuel and how to use metals to do chemistry.