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James Smith
Department Chair
office phone: 401-874-5735

The Department of Chemistry at the University of Rhode Island is an exciting place to be for both undergraduate and graduate studies. Student interest in chemistry and all of the sciences at URI has seen explosive growth.

In the November 2010 general election the voters of Rhode Island approved a Bond Issue to provide funding for a new chemistry building. Pastore Hall is 60 years old and has become limiting for both teaching and research purposes. The design of the new chemistry building was done by an outstanding architectural firm, Wilson Architects. The new building will be able to serve more students and provide us with modern laboratory space. Construction began in January of 2014 with occupation of the finished building in summer 2016. You can see images of the construction from the link on the home page.

The faculty have been pursuing cutting edge research in diverse areas such as energetic materials, energy storage, polymeric materials, and sensors. We participate in two major centers: a Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence in Explosives Detection, Mitigation, and Response (with Northeastern) and a Department of Energy EPSCoR Center for the study of lithium ion batteries (with Brown). All students are encouraged to join a research group early in their academic studies.

The study of chemistry at URI is thriving and we invite all to join us.

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