One of the specific thrusts of the UAB Chemistry Department is in the area of materials research. Generally, we have classified these materials into organic (polymer) and inorganic materials. We have faculty in the department actively involved in various aspects of materials research. Together with faculties both in the Department of Physics and the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, the university is part of the Tri-Campus Materials Program in the University of Alabama system.

The Department has fully equipped state-of-the-art facilities and equipment for synthesis and characterization of materials. Students who take part in our research programs are exposed to new methodologies with hands-on experiences. Our students are exposed to a number of research visits and experiences through our various collaborations with several institutions in the US and abroad.

These visits include seminars, site-visits, exchange visits of one week to three months in duration. We recently established a Sister University relationship with Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology (TUAT), Japan, which allows us to interact more closely with their faculty, researchers, and students involved in their excellent polymers and materials programs.