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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.

Faculty Members with External Research Grants
Student Co-authored Publications in The Past 5 Years
Undergraduates Performing Research during the School Year
Student Presentations at Regional or National Meetings Last Year

Feature Stories

Faculty Highlights

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Donald & Undergraduate Students Published

    Kelling J. Donald, Clarence E. Denoon Jr. Chair in the Natural Sciences, published, in collaboration with undergraduate students, "On Neutral Unsaturated Ouroboric Borylenes" in the Journal of Physical Chemistry A.

  • Pollock Published

    Julie Pollock, associate professor of the chemistry, and Michael Norris, assistant professor of the chemistry, in collaboration with undergraduate authors published "Unravelling the role of [Ru(bpy)2(OH2)2]2+ complexes in Photo-Activated Chemotherapy" in the Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry.

  • Norris Published

    Michael Norris, assistant professor of the chemistry, and Julie Pollock, associate professor of the chemistry, in collaboration with undergraduate authors published "Unravelling the role of [Ru(bpy)2(OH2)2]2+ complexes in Photo-Activated Chemotherapy" in the Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry.

  • Parish Awarded

    Carol Parish, Floyd D. and Elisabeth S. Gottwald Chair in Chemistry, is the principal investigator in a grant award of nearly $250K from the National Institutes of Health to purchase a high performance computer for biomedical research. This grant will support 11 faculty and 70+ research students from biology, chemistry, and psychology. Learn more.

  • Leopold Selected

    Michael Leopold, Floyd D. and Elisabeth S. Gottwald Professor of Chemistry, received the 2022 Outstanding Mentorship Award from the Chemistry Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research.

  • Johnson and Undergraduate Students Published

    Miles Johnson, associate professor of chemistry, with undergraduates Julia Vidlak and Nihal Sriramaneni, published a paper "Synthesis of pyrrole-based PSiP pincer ligands and their palladium, rhodium, and platinum complexes" in Dalton Transactions. The work was conducted in collaboration with the Ozerov group at TAMU.

  • Norris, Pierce, and Undergraduates Published

    Michael Norris, assistant professor of chemistry, and B. Daniel Pierce, assistant professor of biology, along with undergraduate students and former students, published "Mechanistic Analysis of the VirA Sensor Kinase in Agrobacterium tumefaciens Using Structural Models," in Frontiers in Microbiology.

  • Downey Published

    Wade Downey, professor of chemistry, and undergraduate students published "Friedel–Crafts Addition of Indoles to Nitrones Promoted by Trimethylsilyl Trifluoromethanesulfonate" in The Journal of Organic Chemistry.

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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