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


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. Michael Norris
Norris & Undergraduates Published

Mike Norris, assistant professor of chemistry, in collaboration with undergraduate student authors published "Six-Electron CO2 Reduction Involving Participation by Benzimidazole-Derived Bidentate Ligands in Ruthenium Complexes" in ACS Applied Energy Materials. 

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Dr. Julie Pollock
Pollock Awarded Grant

Julie Pollock, associate professor of chemistry, was awarded an NIH R15 grant in collaboration with professors at High Point University entitled "Use of a novel tricyclic Stk1 inhibitor to uncover molecular mechanism in clinically relevant strains of S. aureus."

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Dr. Carol Parish
Parish Published

Carol Parish, Floyd D. and Elisabeth S. Gottwald Professor of Chemistry, published "Words Matter: On the Debate over Free Speech, Inclusivity, and Academic Excellence" in The Journal of Phsyical Chemistry Letters. The article makes the case for the importance of equity and inclusion in science.

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Dr. Michael Leopold
Leopold Awarded

Michael Leopold, Floyd D. and Elisabeth S. Gottwald Professor of Chemistry, was named a 2022 recipient of the University’s Distinguished Scholarship Award at the annual Colloquy celebration.

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