Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
University of Maryland, College Park
1. Executive Summary
The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry implements the missions of the College,
University and State by providing world class research and instruction in the molecular sciences.
These efforts encompass chemistry and biochemistry as traditionally defined, but are
increasingly becoming interdisciplinary in nature. The department supports and informs
instruction and research in allied areas such as engineering, the life sciences, medicine, material
sciences, agriculture, environmental sciences, and public policy.
After careful examination of its strengths and weaknesses, and based on opportunities that
are available, the Department has outlined its plans to strengthen its research by
· Emphasizing nano-biotechnology in hiring, infrastructure, and curriculum
development, including joint hires with national laboratories;
· Enhancing structural biology by new hires in biomolecular crystallography and mass
spectrometry and increasing access to state-of-the-art instrumentation;
· Emphasizing energy in interdisciplinary hiring, infrastructure, and curriculum
· Bringing connections of energy to the environment.