Training the Next Generation of Scientists
The Shulich Faculty of Chemistry provides a base for academic and scientific development. It is one of the leading chemistry faculties, and is divided into five fields:
- Organic Chemistry
- In-organic Chemistry
- Analytical Chemistry
- Physical Chemistry
- Theoretical Chemistry
These fields provide a base for modern research in fields such as nanotechnology, green energy, molecular biochemistry, molecular electronics, drug development, and more. The faculty provides updated education plans, high-level student labs, advanced equipment and technology in order to train the next generation of scientists. The modern chemistry is at a junction with other sciences and overlaps with engineering, physics, and biology. The variety of applications for chemistry in science and industry is displayed by the Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded in the past years to three different Technion professors from different faculties: two from the medicine faculty and one from materials science engineering.
Where do Modern Chemists Work
Alumni of the chemistry faculty are highly demanded in a variety of research centers, teaching, and industry work. In the past years, the demand for chemistry alumni in startup companies has increased, in the fields of biotechnology, biomedical technology, nanotechnology, electronics, materials development, etc. In addition, the demand remains high in older industries in the fields of drug development, polymers, chemicals, fuels, fertilizers and dyes, agriculture development, repellent development, etc. Chemists are wanted for work in universities in positions of research and teaching, medicinal centers, environmental labs, security and military labs, forensic labs, and other research centers, both private and public, that involve the development of new technologies.
For those interested in graduate education (a master's and/or doctorate), chemistry provides a wide base that allows integration in different fields in Israel and the world.
The Advantage of the Technion
The faculty is involved in many partnerships with other faculties such as: physics, biology, materials science engineering, electrical engineering, and more. The fact that these faculties are all at the Technion, allows scientists to advance science at a world-level.
The research fields that the chemistry faculty members are involved in include: organic |inorganic | and bio-organic chemistry synthesis and reaction mechanisms | organometallic chemistry | molecular machines | photochemistry | medicinal chemistry | anti-cancer materials | enzyme synthesis and reaction mechanisms | chemistry of silicon | super-molecular chemistry | electroanalytical methods | crystallography and solid phase reactions | kinetics and molecular dynamics | quantum chemistry | molecular dynamics | molecular spectroscopy | magnetic resonance | ultra-fast spectroscopy | molecular electronics.
Like all faculties at the Technion, the first semesters begin with basic courses. After which, students are prepared to take specialized courses in specific fields that were mentioned earlier. The courses are complemented with experiments in student labs with cutting edge facilities and equipment.
Materials Science Engineering And Chemistry
This degree in Materials Science Engineering & Chemistry is a joined with the faculty of Materials Science and Engineering.
It is a single-major track, that takes four and a half years to complete, and includes courses in chemistry, as well as an engineering degree.
Joint Faculty Studies
Biology and Chemistry (Dual major)
This degree is a joint degree between the Faculty of Chemistry and the Faculty of Biology. The degree provides a base in the chemistry of biological systems and allows graduates to pursue a career in the life science industry or to continue to graduate degree in this field.
“Quick Route” to a Master’s in Chemistry for Excellent Students
This program’s purpose is to train excellent students for research in chemistry at an early phase of their undergraduate degree and allow them to complete an undergraduate and a master’s degree with a thesis in four and a half years. The program includes an increased scholarship from the second year of the undergraduate degree.
High School Students Programs
- “Archimedes” program - a program that allows excellent high school students to start studying at the Technion (11-30 course points from the first year syllabus)
- Students who participated in the Chemistry, Physics, or Mathematics Olympics can be accepted regardless of their Bagrut and Pshycometry scores.
Scholarships and Shulich’s Excellence Prizes
The chemistry faculty grants its students scholarships and prizes for excellent students in undergraduate studies. For more information, contact Galit Weizman.
Dvir Harris, Graduate of the Chemistry Faculty
“My romance with the Shulich Faculty of Chemistry began in high school, as I participated in the Archimedes program, which is designed to introduce science to curious teenagers, who are not satisfied with “Because it is that way” as a response to “Why do things behave the way they do?”
In the program, I was introduced to a wide variety of fields that chemistry is related to, both academic and in the industry.
The lecturers and teachers left me with a positive opinion and taught the material in a clear and interesting way, always willing to stay after class to explain and answer questions if there was a small thing that you didn’t understand 100 per cent, and the whole experience felt that the students were treated as individuals, and not “another student.”
In addition to the interesting courses, the student labs were well equipped and organized at a high level and challenged me and my friends in the mini-projects, at the beginning we had to think by ourselves and plan our research, and later we saw the theoretical background that we built during the undergraduate degree was used to create new materials and understand chemical reactions.
For these academic reasons, when I finished my army service I had no doubt that I would return to finish my undergraduate degree – at the chemistry faculty at the Technion.
Towards the end of my undergraduate degree (that was in the field of Molecular Biochemistry), I chose to do a research project at the Dean Noam Adir’s Lab, who is trying (and succeeding) to understand how different proteins behave based on solving their structure using crystallography x-ray and electron microscopy. The academic experience I gained in the research project was very important for me, and led me to continue my research to a master’s degree in the chemistry faculty, which eventually became a doctorate, both at Noam Adir’s lab.
Many of my friends from my class continued to graduate degrees in different fields: organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, inorganic chemistry, physical chemistry, and biology, chemical engineering, biotechnology engineering, and materials engineering. The scientific base for all of us was the chemistry faculty of the Technion, which provided us with a stepping stone for our academic careers. Some of my friends continued to work and integrated into the largest industries in chemical research in Israel even with an undergraduate degree.
In the social level, the chemistry faculty encourages interaction between students and between students and faculty members – through parties, karaoke events, BBQs, and even in the faculty hallways, we all took part in creating a positive atmosphere.
In conclusion, if you are interested in understanding how things work at the atomic level, and you want to be in a place that will allow you to evolve professionally at a higher standard without giving up on a social life, I have to recommend full-heartedly to come to the Shulich Faculty of Chemistry at the Technion!