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

Faculty Highlights

Dr. Christopher Shugrue
Shugrue and Undergraduate Students Published

Christopher Shugrue, assistant professor of chemistry, along with undergraduate students, Elizabeth Taggart, ‘23, Evan Wolff, ‘24, Pamira Yanar, ‘24, and John Blobe, ’24, published "Development of an oxazole-based cleavable linker for peptides" in Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry.

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Dr. Jeffrey I. Seeman
Seeman Awarded

Jeff Seeman, visiting research scholar, was awarded the 2023 Distinguished Research Award from the Virginia Section of the American Chemical Society (ACS). The award is given to a member of the Virginia Section whose research has made significant contributions to advancing knowledge in their field, and for publications and presentations in national and international scientific communities.

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Dr. Jake Tan
Tan Published

Jake Tan, visiting assistant professor of chemistry, published "Mapping spin contamination-free potential energy surfaces using restricted open-shell methods with Grassmannians" in the Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics

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Dr. Jake Tan
Tan Published

Jake Tan, visiting assistant professor of chemistry, published "Highly Efficient CO2 Electrochemical Reduction on Dual Metal (Co-Ni)-Nitrogen Sites" in the Journal of Materials Chemistry A

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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