Department of Chemistry

© 2023

The Initiator is published yearly by the Department of Chemistry at Carnegie Mellon University for its students, alumni and friends to inform them about the department and serve as a channel of communication for our community. Readers with comments or questions are urged to send them to The department is headed by Bruce Armitage.

Bruce Armitage

Jocelyn Duffy, Associate Dean for Communications

Contributing Writers
Jon Lee Andrade, Bruce Armitage, Jocelyn Duffy, Bruce Gerson, Kirsten Heuring, Kaitlyn Landram, Heidi Opdyke, Amy Pavlak Laird

Design & Layout
Samantha Zemanek, Graphic Designer

Photography & Images
Jonah Bayer, Digital Producer
Courtesy of Carnegie Mellon University, unless otherwise noted

Online Magazine
Iulia Dumitriu, Web Content Administrator

Department of Chemistry
Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Carnegie Mellon University does not discriminate in admission, employment, or administration of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, handicap or disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, ancestry, belief, veteran status, or genetic information. Furthermore, Carnegie Mellon University does not discriminate and is required not to discriminate in violation of federal, state, or local laws or executive orders.

Inquiries concerning the application of and compliance with this statement should be directed to the Office for Institutional Equity and Title IX.

Carnegie Mellon University, 5000 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, telephone 412-268-7125.

Obtain general information about Carnegie Mellon University by calling 412-268-2000.