Physical Chemistry

Physical chemistry student socialize at a path event

The physical chemistry path at UW-Madison offers graduate students 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. Students who specialize in physical chemistry may also choose to conduct research with faculty members from other paths.

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


  • Physical chemistry path chair: Professor Silvia Cavagnero
  • Physical chemistry path coordinator (for administrative questions about program requirements, admissions, seminars, room scheduling, etc.): Mary Hanson

Information for Physical Chemistry Students

Note that we are in the process of updating this web site to take into account the new unified requirements for a PhD in Chemistry.  Thank you in advance for your patience while this process is underway.  Please contact Mary Hanson ( or Arrietta Clauss ( if you have any questions on PhD requirements.  

PhD Requirements and Timeline

Courses and Forms


Physical chemistry faculty member talks to students at a poster session

Physical Chemistry Faculty by Research Area


Condensed Phase Structure and Dynamics

Gas Phase Spectroscopy and Dynamics

Macromolecular and Biophysical Chemistry

Theoretical Chemistry

Learn about the Theoretical Chemistry Institute.