January 26, 2022


The world of science and technology

US NSF – Chemistry Research Area

Understanding NSF Research: Chemistry

From the foods we eat to the fragrances we smell, chemistry plays a key role in nearly every aspect of life. For instance, soaps, building materials, adhesives, vitamins and pharmaceuticals all rely on chemistry. Plastics and polymers revolutionized the world and now researchers are discovering ways to make these materials more earth-friendly.

Chemistry helps researchers identify and investigate the basic components of matter, like atoms and molecules. It also enables them to discover how these components interact, combine and change.

By investing in chemical sciences research, NSF has become a global leader in transforming chemical discovery and innovation. NSF also plays an important role in advancing chemistry education and literacy. Together these efforts will help maintain America’s global standing as a leader in technology and innovation.

To advance understanding of the chemical sciences, NSF supports a network of world-class research centers and laboratories. These include the Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers, Nanoscale Science and Engineering Centers, the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory and thousands of university-based laboratories.