About Us

Welcome to the Chemical Physics Program at the University of Maryland, College Park!

Scientific research in the twenty-first century is increasingly interdisciplinary, and the most exciting problems are often found along the boundaries and intersections of traditional fields. Our highly selective program provides its graduate students with a rigorous academic foundation, unsurpassed research opportunities, and preparation for careers that require expertise in both physics and chemistry. The program offers Ph.D. and M.S. (while pursuing Ph.D.) degrees in Chemical Physics. We welcome students with undergraduate degrees in chemistry or physics as well as those with related majors such as mathematics or engineering, and strong backgrounds in chemistry and physics.

Research areas include:

  • Atmospheric and Space Sciences
  • Nano, Meso, and Micro-Scale Science and Technologies
  • Experimental and Theoretical Atomic, Molecular and Optical (AMO) Sciences and Ultrafast Optics
  • Experimental and Theoretical Condensed Matter and Material Sciences
  • Neutron Scattering and NMR
  • Experimental and Theoretical Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos
  • Experimental and Theoretical Quantum Science, Information and Technology -- Joint Quantum Institute (JQI), Joint Center for Quantum Information and Computer Science (QuICS), and the Quantum Technology Center (QTC)
  • Experimental and Theoretical Statistical Mechanics, Phase Transitions and Thermodynamics


Our students carry out their thesis research with University of Maryland faculty drawn from numerous departments - including Physics, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Mathematics, Materials Science Engineering, and Atmospheric and Oceanic Science, among others. Additionally, students have the opportunity to pursue their research with scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) or the National Institutes of Health (NIH) under the joint supervision of Maryland faculty.