Xavier chemistry faculty have diverse research interests that touch on a variety of interdisciplinary projects that span the range of science to include research that is biomedical, environmental, and related to energy and materials. Some faculty study drug metabolism and the human genome while several other faculty have projects related to cancer (funded by the Louisiana Cancer Research Consortium (LCRC)
and/or Research Centers in Minority Institutions (RCMI))
. These projects involve the search for and development of novel therapeutics, development of cancer detection strategies, and the development of novel carriers for drug delivery. Another group of faculty have interests in materials research in which projects involve the synthesis of nanomaterials for energy storage, synthesis of new magnetic materials and thin films, and the development of new materials for fuel cells (funded through the NASA MIRO program
). Environmental studies in the chemistry department involve analyzing treatment techniques for heavy metals in wastewater and tracking pollution levels of carcinogens. Finally, some faculty are studying mechanisms of chemical reactions on both small and large scales. The chemistry department at Xavier is well equipped for faculty and students to carry out a broad range of research activities. As an undergraduate institution whose mission is to develop leaders in their fields, all research active faculty in the chemistry department provide opportunities for chemistry majors to participate in meaningful undergraduate research experiences.