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Ph.D. in Chemical Physics

A joint effort between the Department of Chemistry and Department of Physics, the University's Ph.D. in Chemical Physics offers an interdisciplinary curriculum that explores atomic and molecular physics and physical chemistry.

Program at a glance

Admissions cycle: Rolling
Assistantship types available: Research, Teaching
Graduate director: David Leitner

Why choose this Ph.D. in Chemical Physics?

Graduates of this program are prepared to pursue high-level research positions, either in academic or industrial settings. The University offers only a Ph.D. program in the area of Chemical Physics. Students of the program will build strengths in the following areas:

  • Theoretical knowledge
  • Research methods, planning and experiment design
  • Literature research and communication skills
  • Scientific creativity and independence

Although this program requires students to complete a rigorous selection of courses outlining the foundations of modern chemical physics, it also offers extreme flexibility in the choice of dissertation topic. Students may choose any of the affiliated faculty in either the chemistry or physics departments to serve as a research adviser.

The faculty in this program come from both departments, and possess expertise in topics such as:

  • Theoretical physics
  • Ultracold atomic and molecular physics
  • Atomic and microelectromechanical physics
  • Electrochemical methods for energy conversion
  • Semiconductor surface science
  • Biophysical theoretical chemistry
  • Electronic structure theory
  • Open quantum systems and quantum biology
  • Molecular dynamics

Additionally, students in the program enjoy use of the numerous chemistry laboratories at the University, as well as the extensive DeLaMare Science and Engineering Library, which subscribes to thousands of print and electronic scientific journals.

To further explore the research specialties of the Chemical Physics faculty, browse the listings below:

Department of Physics

Department of Chemistry

How do I apply?

All applicants must meet the admission requirements of the University's Graduate School and satisfy the Ph.D. admission requirements of either the Department of Chemistry or Department of Physics:

For detailed information on admissions and the curriculum in the Chemical Physics Ph.D. program, please see the program handbook.

Is funding available?

Incoming graduate students receive a tuition waiver and year-round stipend support. Usually, this comes in the form of a 10-month teaching assistantship and a summer research fellowship. Over the course of the program, the bulk of graduate students' support comes from their thesis director's research grants.

When available, special research assistantships, awards and fellowships may be offered to highly qualified students.

What's next?

You can apply now if you are ready to begin your journey at the University of Nevada, Reno. To connect with a faculty member about the program, complete the form on this page or contact:

David Leitner, Ph.D.
Director, Chemical Physics Program
dml@unr.edu
(775) 784-1968

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