Students, faculty, and staff with expertise in traditional disciplines all contribute to a highly collaborative and interdisciplinary research program. During the first year of graduate studies, students complete coursework in one of the traditional areas of chemistry and biochemistry. However, research projects, while rooted in traditional chemistry, often involve students in collaborations with an array of other scientists and engineers. As such, the student's depth of fundamental chemical principles becomes augmented by exposure to a breadth of additional concepts. Such a combination of skills often results in the creation of a fertile and creative environment for achievement of research goals. Thus, students frequently expand beyond the reaches of chemistry subjects and embrace additional areas for the successful execution of a specific project.