Research Centers and Programs

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Research Centers and Programs

Faculty in the USC chemistry department are active members of several interdisciplinary research centers and programs.

Bridge Institute

The Bridge Institute brings together faculty from Chemistry and Biological Sciences with an overall goal of addressing "impossible" health challenges through a molecular understanding of the human body.

Center for Advanced Sustainable Energy (CASE)

The focus of research within CASE is to discover and develop new technologies for efficiently and sustainably collecting and storing energy, including solar cells, batteries, and fuel cells. Our center involves a wide range of disciplines working together toward our goals, including all branches of Chemistry as well as Chemical Engineering, Materials Science, Electrical Engineering and Physics.

Center for Quantum Information Science & Technology (CQIST)

CQIST is an interdisciplinary academic center concerned with the study of the new possibilities that quantum mechanics offers for the acquisition, transmission, and processing of information.

Chemical Biology Program

The Chemical Biology Program at USC brings together Faculty from the Departments of Chemistry, Biological Sciences, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Physics, and Chemical Engineering to provide rigorous student training and cutting-edge research at the interface of chemistry and biology.


iOpenShell is a center for computational students of electronic structure and for spectroscopy of open-shell and electronically excited species, which provides state-of-the art computational resources to experimental chemistry groups.

Loker Hydrocarbon Institute

Chemistry faculty in the Loker Hydrocarbon Institute place research emphasis on fundamental hydrocarbon and polymer chemistry, energy storage and energy carrier methodologies, as well as synthetic and mechanistic organic chemistry.

Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center

Several of the USC Chemistry are members of the Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, one of the founding members of what are now 41 comprehensive cancer centers designated by the National Cancer Institute. Members of the cancer center are using interdisciplinary approaches to investigate the origins and progression of cancer, as well as developing diagnostics, prevention strategies, and searching for cures.


The USC Materials Consortium is an interdisciplinary group of researchers in Chemistry, Biology, Physics, and Engineering working together to develop the fundamental understanding necessary to overcome the most pressing challenges facing society.

Program in Experimental and Theoretical Physical Chemistry

Faculty in physical chemistry are engaged in research into the fundamental underpinnings of chemical processes, molecular structure and microscopic phenomena. Forefront research includes dynamics in electronically excited states, reactions in the gas-, cluster-, and liquid phases as well as at interfaces, quantum behavior of spins and superfluids, biological interactions and nanoscale imaging with applications ranging from challenges in energy, the environment, and the interface with biology.

Synthetic Control Across Length Scales for Advancing Renewables (SCALAR) EFRC

The SCALAR center aims to rethink battery materials to take advantage of a much broader set of reactions and materials than traditional transition metal cation redox approaches. This is combined with new methods to control and characterize architectures and interfaces with the goal of bridging atomistic and nanometer length-scales in the quest to improve cycling stability and electron and ion transport over broad working ranges.

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