Inorganic Chemistry

When you join the inorganic chemistry graduate path at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Chemistry, the entire periodic table becomes your playground.

Studying inorganic chemistry gives students the breadth of knowledge to allow them to have a high impact at the interfaces of the traditional chemistry disciplines.

Inorganic chemistry graduate students can choose from a number of excellent research groups and a wide variety of research projects involving virtually all aspects of inorganic chemistry, as well as related disciplines. Under the guidance of your faculty advisor(s), you will work to develop your own research project. These may be individual projects, though many involve collaborating with other groups in the department, across campus, or throughout the country.

Inorganic chemistry students commonly interface with:

Inorganic chemistry faculty members aim to help you develop into a well-rounded and creative scientist who is knowledgeable in a range of tools that can be applied to solve important problems. Toward this end, you will have the freedom to select your research advisor, to help determine the course of your research projects, and to select classes that meet your individual interests.

The core curriculum in inorganic chemistry includes several courses in descriptive inorganic chemistry and physical inorganic chemistry. These courses are constantly evolving. Students select non-core courses that complement their interests and research pursuits. Learn more about Inorganic Chemistry Ph.D. requirements.

As a graduate student at UW-Madison, you will have access to a broad array of scientists who will help spark new ideas as you conduct your own research. Each week, expert scientists from industry and academia visit the department to give seminars in inorganic chemistry that bring together inorganic chemistry faculty, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers. Inorganic chemistry students also attend seminars and colloquia in other areas of interest. Several research groups in inorganic chemistry meet on a monthly basis for supergroup meetings, which provide a forum for inorganic chemistry students and postdocs to present their research to a broad audience of their peers. 

Like many top-10 graduate programs in chemistry, the UW-Madison Department of Chemistry is equipped with excellent on-site shared instrumentation. An Ph.D.-trained scientist runs each of the Paul Bender Chemical Instrumentation Center facilities and trains graduate students on the instruments. As a graduate student, you will enjoy open access to the shared instrumentation once you complete your training.

Our inorganic chemistry alumni have become successful professionals and leaders in virtually every area of industrial chemical research, in government labs, and in colleges and universities throughout the world.

View a list of current inorganic chemistry path faculty or inorganic chemistry path graduate students.

Apply to the graduate program in chemistry.

Photo credit: Amanda Corcos, Rodney Schreiner


    • Inorganic chemistry path chair: Professor Daniel Fredrickson
    • Inorganic chemistry path coordinator (for administrative questions about program requirements, admissions, seminars, room scheduling, etc.): Kristi Heming

    Related Research Centers

    A graduate student presents her research at a supergroup meeting
    Graduate student Anna Brezny discusses her research with members of several inorganic and organic chemistry research groups at a supergroup meeting.

    Active Inorganic Chemistry Research Areas

    • Synthetic inorganic and organometallic chemistry
    • Physical inorganic and organometallic chemistry
    • Theoretical inorganic and organometallic chemistry
    • Catalysis
    • Bioinorganic chemistry
    • Metalloenzyme chemistry
    • Solid state chemistry
    • Materials science
    • Nanoscience
    The electrochemistry of complexes 2-MeCN and 3. Image used with permission from Lewis Acid Enhanced Axial Ligation of [Mo2]4+ Complexes, Brian S. Dolinar and John F. Berry, Inorganic Chemistry 2013 52 (8), 4658-4667, DOI: 10.1021/ic400275x. Copyright 2013 American Chemical Society.

    Inorganic Chemistry Faculty by Research Area

    Bioinorganic Chemistry

    Coordination Chemistry

      Organometallic Chemistry

      Solid-state Chemistry