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Organizers

Sivaguru Jayaraman
Associate Professor
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
North Dakota State University
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Mukund P. Sibi
University Distinguished Professor and James A. Meir Professor
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
North Dakota State University
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Gregory R. Cook
Professor and Chair
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
North Dakota State University
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About the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at North Dakota State University has it's roots in the founding of the university. On March 8, 1890, the North Dakota Agricultural College was signed into law. Later that year, Edwin Fremont Ladd, a chemist originally from Maine, was recruited to North Dakota as the second faculty member on campus. In the basement of College Hall, Ladd taught chemistry, nutrition and dairy products. He was instrumental in guiding the beginnings of chemistry, pharmacy, nutrition, agricultural biochemistry, polymers and coatings and the State Testing Laboratory at NDAC. Over 120 years later, the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry continues to lead the university and the upper great plains region in education and research. The department teaches over 7000 students each year in its general chemistry, organic chemistry and biochemistry courses. The department boasts nineteen faculty working in broad research areas from biomedical science to energy to sustainable materials and processes to STEM education. With annual research expenditures over $3M per year, the department generates a large economic impact in North Dakota. Since its inception, the department has led the state in cutting research in material science, organic, photochemical and photophysical sciences, pharmaceuticals, coatings, catalysis, agricultural and biomedical sciences. Faculty are globally engaged in research collaborations and partnerships on several continents. State of the art equipment allows students to have the best training in NMR spectroscopy, X-Ray crystallography, materials characterization, molecular biology, DNA analysis and much more. The department hosts collaborative research centers that support research across colleges and departments at NDSU. The department has proactively engaged local high school students and Fargo-Moorhead community to keep them informed about modern advancements in science. Every summer the department hosts students in a summer research program called PICNICS (Parents Involvement with Children, Nurturing Intellectual Curiosity in Science) with the aim of helping local area high school students consider science as a career path. The department also has a long tradition of nurturing undergraduates in research. The doctoral program in the department trains a dynamic work force capable of tackling research problems faced by scientist at the interface of modern science and technology.

 

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