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Undergraduate Programs

Chemistry Research

Chemistry happens in the lab, a place where first-person experience becomes lifelong knowledge. As a chemistry major, you will have a number of opportunities to conduct original chemistry research with our incredible faculty, through industry internships across Chicago and summer research opportunities like the National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates program.

Dr. Larraza’s Research

Dr. Isabel Larraza’s interests lie in the area of green chemistry as applied to the production of intermediates with pharmaceutical relevance. She has studied the use of superbases and microwave-assisted synthesis in the development of new, greener ways to protect primary amines and in the Hoffman Rearrengement. Currently she is working in the synthesis of alpha-hydrazino esters as precursors of heterocyclic structural units found in different drugs.

She is also interested in the development of modern experiments with a service learning component in the organic chemistry curriculum and which make use of our new instrumentation.