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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.

Now Hiring!Information for Organic Chemistry Professor applicants can be found here.
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

  • Pollock Recognized

    Julie Pollock, associate professor of chemistry, received the 2020 Distinguished Educator Award for outstanding contributions to excellence in education.

  • Donald Published

    Kelling Donald, associate dean and professor of chemistry, published “Structural and Energetic Properties of RMX3–NH3 Complexes” in International Journal of Quantum Chemistry with UR postbaccalaureate researcher, Samuel Gillespie.

  • 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.

  • Parish Joins WIREs Board

    Carol Parish, Floyd D. and Elisabeth S. Gottwald professor of chemistry and associate provost for academic integration at the University of Richmond, accepted a position on the international advisory board for WIREs: Computational Molecular Sciences (WCMS).

  • 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."

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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