List of Chemistry Research Topics for Students

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List of Chemistry Research Topics for Students

If you are studying chemistry at any level of your education, you are bound to be asked to work on some project or thesis. Finding a topic can be harder, so we bring you a list of chemistry research topics for students from all levels.

The Old and Clichéd

One of the most common research topics in middle and high school chemistry is “Properties of Acids, Bases, and Salt Solutions.”

Chemistry is a subject filled with chemicals and their properties, their formulas and their structure. And obviously, that is just the beginning. If you dig deeper, the world of chemistry is far more intriguing than just its compounds and their reactions. When you’re learning chemistry, somewhere along the way, you will find yourself having to make projects and write research papers, and it’s not always easy to come up with an interesting yet relevant topic to work on, despite the hours of brain racking.

So, we bring you the solution. Given below is a list of chemistry research topics for different levels, starting from middle school and ending with postgraduate research. These research topics cover both organic and inorganic chemistry and everything in between. And we hope it helps you come up with something fun and workable.


For Middle School and High School Students

➼ Structure of an Atom

➼ Element Location on the Periodic Table

➼ Groups of Elements in the Periodic Table

➼ Thomson’s Discovery of the Electron

➼ Rutherford’s Nuclear Atom

➼ Bohr’s Model of an Atom

➼ Ionic and Covalent Bonds

➼ Chemical Bonds Between Atoms in Molecules

➼ Solids and Liquids Held Together by van der Waals Forces

➼ How to Write Balanced Equations

➼ Conversion of a Molecular Substance’s Mass to Mole

➼ Oxidation and Reduction Reactions

➼ Properties of Acids, Bases, and Salt Solutions

➼ Strong and Weak Acids and Basics

➼ Types of pH Tests

➼ Diffusion of Gases

➼ Dalton’s Law of Partial Pressures

➼ Standard Temperature and Pressure

➼ Graham’s Law

➼ Solutes and Solvents

➼ Chromatography

➼ Carbon and its Compounds

➼ Protons and Neutrons

➼ Nuclear Fission and Fusion

➼ Radiation and Radioactive Isotopes

➼ Intermolecular Forces

➼ Metals and Non-metals

➼ Acids and Bases

➼ Elements, Compounds, and Mixtures

➼ Solids, Liquids, and Gases

➼ Chemicals that Trigger Food Allergies

➼ The Role of Marie Curie in Modern Chemistry

For Undergraduates (College Level)

➼ Transport of Trace Metals in Groundwater

➼ Chemical Speciation of Heavy Metal Ion Using Supported Liquid Membranes

➼ Destruction of Chemicals on Metal Oxide Films and Nanoparticles

➼ Applications to Solar Energy Conversion or Electrocatalysis

➼ Synthesis of New Materials, Structural Chemistry, and Applications in Catalysis

➼ Design, Synthesis, and Characterization of Molecule‐based Magnetic Materials

➼ Fundamental Studies of the Diels‐Alder Reaction

➼ Design, Synthesis, and Self‐assembly of Supramolecular Polymers

➼ Enantioselective and Diastereoselective synthesis using Reissert Compounds

➼ Isolation and Structural Elucidation of New Natural Products with Anticancer Activity

➼ Sulfonate and Carboxylate Ion‐containing Polymers

➼ Nanomaterials for Photocatalysis and Photoelectrochemistry

➼ Room Temperature Ionic Liquids

➼ New Materials for High Efficiency Solar Cells

➼ Effects of Mixed Salts on Aqueous Interfaces

➼ Computational Modeling of Aggregation Phenomena in Petrochemical Mixtures

➼ Strategies for Low-energy Recycling of Plastics

➼ Molecular Catalysts for Carbon Dioxide Conversion

➼ Cyanobacteria Conversion of Fatty Acids to Fuel

➼ Evaluating the Structure and Function of Intrinsically Disordered Proteins

➼ Chemistry of Biological Systems

➼ Characterization of Biological Systems

➼ Surface Spectroscopy

➼ Alcohol Poisoning and Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

➼ Aldehydes and Ketones as Flavoring Agents

➼ Chemistry of Vision

➼ Chemistry of Nicotine and Caffeine Addiction

➼ Resin Polymers

➼ Nuclear Magnetic Resonance of Organic Compounds

➼ Biological Chemistry of Sulfur and Selenium

➼ Inorganic Nanostructured Materials

For Postgraduates

➼ Alpha-Arylation and Alpha-Vinylation of Enolates: New Reactivity from the Urea Linkage

➼ Directed Covalent Assembly in the Solid State: Towards Predictable Solvent-free Synthesis

➼ Dynamic Structural Science at the RCaH

➼ Supramolecular Crystal Engineering of Porphyrin-Fullerene Assemblies

➼ Dynamically Adaptive Metal-organic Nanopores

➼ Boron Porphyrin and Corrole Complexes

➼ EPSRC Impact Acceleration Fellowships at RCaH

➼ Selective Chelators for Beryllium

➼ The Forbidden Crystal: Penrose Tiling with Molecules

➼ Novel Antimicrobial Polymers

➼ Fully-Integrated Continuous Flow Processes for Access to Forbidden Chemistries, New Reactivities and Sequential Complexity Generation

➼ Time Resolved Spectroscopy of Solar Energy Harvesting Complexes

➼ Development of Catalysts for Green Chemistry

➼ The Synthesis of High Thermal Conductivity Polymer

➼ A Study of the Adsorption of Silicate on Magnetite and Maghemite

➼ Modeling the Self-assembly of DNA Multi-arm Motifs

➼ Predictive Modeling of Ligand Binding to Flexible Proteins

➼ Synthesis of Boron Halide Complexes of Polypyrrolic Macrocycles

➼ Modeling Techniques for Optimization of Polyurethane Formulations

We hope that these topics have sparked some ideas in you and helped you formulate your assignments (pun intended)!

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