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 Powell Lecture with Nathan S. Lewis

The W. Allan Power Lectureship

The Department of Chemistry ’s signature endowed lectureship event will be a public lecture by a world renown chemist, Professor Nathan (Nate) S. Lewis, George L. Argyros Professor of Chemistry, California Institute of Technology. During the public lecture Prof. Lewis will describe a new materials phenomenon (inorganic phototropic growth) that his lab has discovered and will discuss the potentially revolutionary applications it may offer in nanoscale and mesoscale materials design and synthesis and device technology.


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

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Faculty Highlights

Dr. Carol Parish
Parish and Undergraduate Students Published

Carol Parish, Floyd D. and Elisabeth S. Gottwald Professor of Chemistry, along with undergraduate student co-authors, published “Atomistic Insights into the binding of SARS-CoV-2 Spike Receptor Binding Domain with the Human ACE2 receptor: The Importance of Residue 493” in the Journal of Molecular Graphics and Modeling.

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Dr. Julie Pollock
Pollock and Undergraduate Students Published

Julie Pollock, associate professor of chemistry, and Hannah Parker, an undergraduate student, authored a mini-review for the Journal of the Endocrine Society entitled "Advances in the Development of Prodrugs as Selective Modulators of Estrogen Receptors."

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Dr. Christopher Shugrue
Shugrue Awarded Grant

Christopher Shugrue, assistant professor of chemistry, was awarded an ACS Petroleum Research Fund Grant for research on the development of mild and rapid cycloadditions of electron-rich oxazoles. Learn more.

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Dr. Wade Downey
Downey Published

Wade Downey, professor of chemistry, and students Grant Dixon, '20; Michael Rodriguez, '22; Tyler Chong; '23, Kevin Kim, '19; published "Synthesis of β,β-Disubstituted Styrenes via Trimethylsilyl Trifluoromethanesulfonate-Promoted Aldehyde-Aldehyde Aldol Coupling-Elimination" in The Journal of Organic Chemistry.

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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