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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.
Department NewsCongratulations to Grace Conway, who received the A&S David Evans Award for Outstanding Achievement in Scholarship
Faculty Members with External Research Grants
Student Co-authored Publications in The Past 5 Years
Undergraduates Performing Research during 2018-2019 School Year
Student Presentations at Regional or National Meetings Last Year

Faculty Highlights

  • Carol Parish Awarded NSF Grant

    Carol Parish is partnering with colleagues at VCU and the University of Florida for a nearly $1m National Science Foundation-funded project to develop a central portal for the molecular sciences. Learn more here.

  • Rebello de Sousa Dias Published Dr. Mariama Rebello de Sousa Dias published the article "Alloying: A Platform for Metallic Materials with On-Demand Optical Response" in the Accounts of Chemical Research.
  • Johnson Awarded

    Dr. Miles Johnson has been awarded a $55,000 grant from The American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund for his project using nickel as a metal catalyst to develop new chemical compounds.

  • Pollock & Leopold Published

    Dr. Julie Pollock and Dr. Leopold along with three undergraduate students published an article on the development of biosensors for clinical applications in Sensors.

  • Leopold & Pollock Published

    Dr. Leopold and Dr. Julie Pollock along with three undergraduate students published an article on the development of biosensors for clinical applications in Sensors.

  • Pollock Published Dr. Julie Pollock published an article on her cancer research using phosphorus which has been picked up by more than a dozen additional outlets, including Newsweek and
  • Pollock Published Julie Pollock and two undergraduate researchers published "Synthesis and characterization of hydrogen peroxide activated estrogen receptor beta ligands" in Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry and the graphical abstract is featured on the cover.
  • Donald and Parish Labs Highlighted University's research included in The Journal of Physical Chemistry special issue.
  • The Halogens

    Kelling Donald, associate professor of chemistry, works with elements across the Periodic Table. He can speak in particular to a group of elements known as The Halogens. Check out his piece with The Conversation, "The politics of the periodic table - who gets the credit and why."

  • Phosphorus Julie Pollock, assistant professor of chemistry, uses Phosphorus, Element 15, in her research related to preventing, detecting, and understanding cancer. Check out her piece with The Conversation, "The deadly, life-giving and transient elements that make up group 15 of the periodic table."

Spider Talks: Dr. Julie Pollock

Feature Stories

Contact the Department

Mailing address:
Chemistry Department
Gottwald Science Center B-100
138 UR Drive
University of Richmond, VA 23173

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

Chair: Christopher Stevenson
Administrative coordinator: Tanya Wagner