Welcome to Harvard University’s Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology (CCB). We are proud to continue our department’s rich tradition of research and scholarship in the molecular sciences with a faculty of 38 full-time, affiliate, research, and emeritus members, and over 175 graduate students, 150 postdoctoral fellows, and 100 undergraduate concentrators. Our research activities in CCB span the core disciplines of organic, inorganic, and physical chemistry and the interdisciplinary frontiers of the life and physical sciences. Our community is strong and diverse, with collaborative exchanges among other Harvard departments and outreach activities to the Harvard student body and the greater Cambridge/Boston area and beyond.

The impact of CCB’s research efforts can be gauged in many ways, by Nobel Prizes (7 total, 3 to current members of our faculty), impact factor metrics (holders of the 3 top “Hirsch Index” scores in chemistry), membership in honorary societies (17 current members of the National Academy of Sciences). However, our greatest source of pride are our former and current undergraduates, graduate students, and postdocs, many of whom have gone on to hold noteworthy positions in industry, government and academia throughout the world.

We invite you to learn more about CCB through this website, or by contacting members of our department directly.

Eric Jacobsen
Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology