Penn Chemistry Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)

Welcome to the Department of Chemistry REU program entitled Novel Techniques and Applications in Catalyst Research Development and Molecular Dynamics” at the University of Pennsylvania, Department of Chemistry (CatResDev)! Established on  2021, this program will host ten undergraduate students during a ten-week summer research experience in the exciting University of Pennsylvania campus located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. We will be hosting 10-12 undergraduates students summer 2023.


About the program

The CatResDev REU at Penn Chemistry will offer undergraduates (UGs), US citizens or permanent residents, with limited previous experience in research exposure, including students from underrepresented minority (URM) backgrounds. This site will provide projects in the areas of catalysis and molecular dynamics with cross-over into the methods associated with high throughput experimentation (HTE) while learning the fundamentals of success in science via training, mentoring, and industrial partnerships.










The program brings together a diverse network of 70 academic and industrial collaborators to provide opportunities for meaningful career pathways and to increase competitiveness for students in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) field.

Research Focus

The Penn Chemistry research areas span a significant space across catalysis: method development, catalyst  development, and synthetic applications, as well as extension into molecular dynamics and beyond. CatResDev will expose REU students to high throughput experimentation (HTE) techniques that are unique to Penn Chemistry and currently in high demand. Exposure to HTE will provide a distinct experience and role models for UGs with long-term leverage into both academic and industrial pathways. CatResDev will provide REU students research and professional development training to prepare them for advanced degrees in STEM.


The major focus of the research is on catalysis, which allows chemical processes to occur more efficiently and in a more environmentally sound manner, thus saving time and money.  The research conducted is anticipated to have positive impacts in diverse chemistry-based sectors of the United States economy, including those involving pharmaceutical and agrochemical companies, while having a favorable effect on sustainable energy and the environmentally sound production of all manner of materials as well.

Dates of the Summer 2021 internship: May 29, 2023 – August 4, 2023


Application Deadline for Summer 2022: February 5



The application is now open until February 9, 2023.


The program will contact the recommenders and provide ample time to submit the letters. Request for recommendation letters was send and they have until February 14 to submit these.


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Site Award Number: 1851640