Physical Chemistry

Physical chemistry at UW-Madison offers a graduate student the benefits of a strong and diverse faculty, outstanding facilities for research support, and a program that emphasizes both depth in one's thesis topic and breadth of chemical knowledge and experience.

Physical Chemistry Ph.D. Requirements

Original Research Proposal (RP) Evaluation Form

Thesis Background Oral (TBO) Evaluation Form

Fourth Year Meeting Form

Physical Chemistry Faculty

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Faculty research interests span the remarkable range of topics addressed by modern physical chemistry; theoretical chemistry, gas phase spectroscopy and dynamics, condensed phase structure and dynamics, and macromolecular and biophysical chemistry. The faculty in these broad categories are:

Theoretical Chemistry

Learn about the Theoretical Chemistry Institute.

Gas Phase Spectroscopy and Dynamics

Condensed Phase Structure and Dynamics

Macromolecular and Biophysical Chemistry

We also continue to benefit from the expertise and involvement of Professors Emeritus Fleming Crim, Thomas Farrar, John Harriman, James Skinner, Worth Vaughan, Frank Weinhold, and Hyuk Yu.

Students specializing in physical chemistry may also choose to conduct research with faculty members who teach in other paths.

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