Located in the Hamilton Heights neighborhood of Manhattan at the hub of a circle of universities and medical centers, the City College campus is one of the prominent centers of higher learning of New York City. The College is easily reached from all parts of the city via subway or bus. The campus is also convenient to the major cultural and recreational attractions of New York City.
City College was founded in 1847 under the name "Free Academy". In the beginning of the 20th century, it relocated to new neo-Gothic buildings at its current location. City College was the first college of the City University of New York (CUNY), a consortium that now numbers 19 colleges in the five boroughs of New York City. In 1961, when the Graduate Center in Midtown Manhattan was formed as the doctorate-granting institution of CUNY, City College became active in that consortium providing faculty, laboratories and research centers in support of doctoral level education. In 1972, the Department of Chemistry moved into new quarters occupying one-third of the thirteen-story Marshak Science Building. This building is shared with the departments of Biology, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Physics, and the Biomedical Program and also houses the Science Library, a pool, and a gymnasium.
City College has long been known for excellence in undergraduate education. It has traditionally provided high quality education to students from immigrant and low-income families and it continues to do so today. The public investment in human potential has paid off great dividends: four chemistry graduates have gone on to win a Nobel prize and another twenty have become members of the National Academies of Science or Engineering.
Over the last 40 years, research has also been a central part of the mission of the City College Chemistry department. Research interests of the faculty encompass the entire range of modern chemistry and biochemistry, including nanotechnology, surface chemistry, materials chemistry, electrochemistry, laser spectroscopy, quantum chemistry, organometallics, mechanisms of inorganic and organic reactions, synthetic organic chemistry, environmental chemistry, enzymology, molecular biology, structural biology, biological NMR, and experimental and theoretical biophysical chemistry. Major instrumentation includes 600 MHz and 500 MHz multinuclear Fourier-transform NMR spectrometers (including solid state capability), a 300 MHz NMR spectrometer, electron microscopes (SEM and TEM), an FT-IR instrument, x-ray diffractometers, a CD spectrophotometer, a DSC microcalorimeter, a mass spectrometer, light scattering equipment, well-equipped molecular biology facilities, molecular beam epitaxy and cluster beam apparatus, picosecond and femtosecond lasers, two Linux clusters, as well as a protein x-ray crystallography facility currently being installed. In addition to a full array of research and teaching laboratories, the department has a large number of special purpose facilities such as cold and constant temperature rooms, clean-rooms, an electronics shop, and a glass-working shop, and it shares an animal facility and precision machining shops located in the building.
The Chemistry department looks to the future with great excitement. The faculty ranks have been enriched in the past few years by many new hires who bring a new vitality to our research and teaching. A new research building on the South Campus is scheduled to open in 2012, in close proximity to the New York Structural Biology Center, the planned CUNY Advanced Research Science Center and the new CCNY Dormitory. Together with the planned expansion of Columbia University into Manhattanville, these projects will make West Harlem an internationally recognized center for research and education.
For more information, see the City College Department of Chemistry website. A list of Chemistry doctoral faculty at City College is available here.