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Chemistry is the study of matter and the transformations that occur in material things. It is one of the basic sciences, and it is fundamental to the study of all other basic sciences.
Faculty Members with External Research Grants
Student Co-authored Publications in The Past 5 Years
Undergraduates Performing Research during 2014-2015 School Year
Student Presentations at Regional or National Meetings Last Year

Faculty Highlights

  • Parish Receives National Mentorship Award

    Dr. Carol Parish has received the 2016 Goldwater Scholars Faculty Mentor Award.

  • Donald publishes article

    Kelling Donald, along with student researchers John Stewart and Matthew Guarino, published “Structure, bonding, relativistic effects, and dispersion in the group 12 dihalide (MX2)3 clusters, with lessons from the extended solids,” in Structural Chemistry.

  • Article in "Structure"

    Dr. Carol Parish, along with chemistry colleague Bill Miller III, biology colleague Eugene Wu, and Lorena Beese from Duke University, published "The Closing Mechanism of DNA Polymerase I at Atomic Resolution," in the journal Structure.

  • Parish named ACS Fellow

    Dr. Carol Parish was named a 2015 American Chemical Society (ACS) Fellow. The award honors individuals for outstanding achievements in and contributions to science, the profession of chemistry, and ACS.

  • Leopold Research Featured

    Dr. Mike Leopold's biosensor research was featured in an article in Chemical & Engineering News.

  • New Article Dr. William Myers, alum Diana Iovan, '12, and colleagues from the University of Virginia recently had their paper, Enantioenrichment of a Tungsten Dearomatization Agent Utilizing Chiral Acids, published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society.
  • Downey publishes with undergraduate coauthors

    Dr. Wade Downey and several undergraduate coauthors published two articles in Tetrahedron Letters in 2014.

  • Kanters and Donald Article

    Dr. René Kanters and Dr. Kelling Donald published "CLUSTER - Searching for Unique Low Energy Minima of Structures Using a Novel Implementation of a Genetic Algorithm" in the Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation. 

  • New Article

    Drs. Jonathan Dattelbaum and Michael Leopold, along with students Margot Hilliyer, Alisha Cerel, and Lauren Finch, published "Multi-Technique Quantitative Analysis and Socioeconomic Considerations of Lead, Cadmium, and Arsenic in Children's Toys and Toy Jewelry", in the journal Chemosphere.

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Chemistry Department
Gottwald Science Center B-100
28 Westhampton Way
University of Richmond, VA 23173

Phone: (804) 289-8242
Fax: (804) 289-1897

Chair: Michelle Hamm
Administrative coordinator: Amanda Mallory