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

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

  • Norris Published

    Michael Norris, assistant professor of chemistry, published “Strategy for functionalization of electrodes with discrete, unmodified small molecules exhibiting aqueous stability” in the Journal of Materials Chemistry A.

  • Johnson Published

    Miles Johnson, assistant professor of chemistry, published "Study and Modular Synthesis of Unsymmetrical Bis(phosphino)pyrrole Ligands" in the Dalton Transactions. Four UR students assisted: Hilary D. Fokwa, Julia F. Vidlak, Sophie C. Weinberg, and Isaiah D. Duplessis.

  • Norris Awarded

    Michael Norris, assistant professor of chemistry, received a $104,500 award from Thomas F. and Kate Miller Jeffress Memorial Trust for Understanding the Reduction of CO2 to Methanol Catalyzed by Simple Amines with a Combined Computational and Experimental Approach.

  • Nolin and Wu Published

    Kristine Nolin, associate professor of chemistry, Carrie Wu, associate professor of biology, and three UR students/alums (Sofia Bustamante Eguiguren, Ha An Nguyen, and Lexi Caldwell) published “Convergence of glandular trichome morphology and chemistry in two montane monkeyflower (Mimulus, Phrymaceae) species” in Flora.

  • O'Neal Published

    Will O'Neal, director of organic chemistry laboratories, published his book Exercises for the General, Organic, & Biochemistry Laboratory, 2nd Edition, with Morton Publishing.

  • Hamm and Wu published

    Michelle Hamm, Professor of Chemistry, and Eugene Wu, Associate Professor of Biology and Biochemistry, along with six student co-authors, have published a paper in the journal DNA Repair entitled "The Importance of Ile716 toward the Mutagenicity of 8-Oxo-2?-deoxyguanosine with Bacillus Fragment DNA Polymerase."

  • Johnson and Donald Published
    Miles Johnson, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, and Kelling J. Donald, Professor of Chemistry, published On Transannulation in Azaphosphatranes: Synthesis and Theoretical Analysis in Inorganic Chemistry
  • 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.

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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: Rosemary Nicholson