Department of Chemistry

Department of Chemistry

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. The Department of Chemistry enthusiastically supports the University’s commitment to quality teaching, diversity, and research.

Major & MinorCourses


Chemistry Department Summer 2023 Research Students

  • More than 60 students worked on campus this summer in Chemistry Labs
  • Click here to see more opportunities to work in a research lab with Chemistry Department faculty

Chemists in the Kitchen!

In the latest episode, Julie Pollock, associate professor of the chemistry, and colleagues from other institutions test which method is best — deep fry, air fry, or pan fry. Dr. Pollock leads a lab that studies breast cancer and inflammatory disease development and progression.

"Chemists in the Kitchen" is a YouTube series by the National Academy of Science that follows a rotating cast of chemists who cook, experiment, and tinker with all types of recipes and ingredients. 

Dr. Pollock was also featured on the Quick Pickles and Fermentation episode. 


Faculty Members with External Research Grants


Students Co-Authored Publications in the Past 5 Years

over 100

Undergraduates Performing Research During the School Year


Undergraduate Presentations at Regional or National Meetings Last Year

Upcoming Events

Faculty Highlights

Dr. Ryan Coppage
Coppage Published

Ryan Coppage, director of introductory laboratories in chemistry, along with student Craig Caudill, ’25, published “Degradation (and Mechanism) of Kanthal APM Heating Elements through Electric Kiln Firing” in Informit.

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Dr. Michael Leopold
Leopold Awarded

Michael Leopold, Floyd D. and Elisabeth S. Gottwald Professor of Chemistry, was a collaborating investigator on a successfully funded Major Research Instrumentation Grant from the National Science Foundation awarded to High Point University (HPU) for a Maskless Photolithography Instrument. The grant, entitled "Acquisition of a Maskless Photolithography Instrument for Undergraduate Research and Teaching at High Point University," will provide UR faculty and students with access to a state-of-the art direct writing lithography instrument for creating microstructure, applicable to a range of material science projects, as well as strengthening interaction with HPU, one of the most prominent undergraduate focused institutions in the region.

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Dr. Michael Leopold
Leopold & Undergraduate Students Published

Michael Leopold, Floyd D. and Elisabeth S. Gottwald Professor of Chemistry, along with two undergraduate researchers and co-authors published "Nanomaterial-Doped Xerogels for Biosensing Measurements of Xanthine in Clinical and Industrial Applications" in Gels. The paper was selected as the cover article for the journal.

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Dr. Michael Norris
Norris, Korsnack, & Undergraduate Presented

Michael Norris, assistant professor of chemistry, and Kylie Korsnack, assistant director of the Faculty Hub, and Miranda Moe, Faculty Hub Inclusive Pedagogy Cohort 2.0 student, presented "Partnership-in-Progress: Early Snapshots of a Pedagogical Partnership Program," at the Conference on Engaged Learning at Elon University.

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Spider Talks: Dr. Julie Pollock

Contact Us

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

Department Chair: Dr. Jonathan Dattelbaum
Academic Administrative Coordinator: Pat Coleman