Chemistry

The faculty of the Chemistry Department are directing projects which range from pure research to engineering-oriented applications and the development of patentable devices, processes and software. Students from all of the engineering disciplines at Cooper Union (especially chemical engineering) carry out research in our department and take some of our numerous basic and advanced courses in chemistry. Some of us are directing chemical engineering master's students in research projects as well. We often welcome advanced high school students to join our research efforts through the Cooper Union Summer Research Internship Program. We work with students and teachers in local elementary, middle and high schools to help catalyze their interests in science and engineering.

The Chemistry department maintains a state-of-the-art instrument facility. Analytical instruments available for student use and instruction in our Instrumental Analysis Laboratory include Raman, NMR, GC, GC/MS, HPLC/UV-Vis, GC/FT-IR, FT-IR, and AA spectrometers.

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.