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

Upcoming Events

Faculty Highlights

Jake Tan
Tan Published

Jake Tan, visiting assistant professor of chemistry, published "Modification of Thermally Activated Delayed Fluorescence Emitters Comprising Acridan-pyrimidine Moieties for Efficient Sky-blue to Greenish-blue OLEDs"  in Journal of Materials Chemistry C.

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Dr. Wade Downey
Downey Published

Wade Downey, professor of chemistry, along with undergraduate students Tyler G. Chong ‘23, Alex V. Helbling, and Remi D. Graff, published "One-Pot Silyl Imidate Formation-N-Alkylation Reactions of Amides With Propargyl Propionates" in Tetrahedron Letters.

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Dr. Wade Downey
Downey Published

Wade Downey, professor of chemistry, along with undergraduate researchers Elizabeth D. Heafner ‘19, Xuechun Lin ‘18, Alexa H. Connors ‘24, Hanyu Zhong ‘21, R. Joseph Coyle ‘23, and Yiqi Liu ‘18, published "One-Pot Enol Silane Formation–Allylation of Ketones Promoted by Trimethylsilyl Trifluoromethanesulfonate" in SYNTHESIS. The article was published as part of a special issue of SYNTHESIS honoring the accomplishments of Downey's Ph.D. advisor, the late Dr. David A. Evans.

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Dr. Julie Pollock
Pollock Published

Julie Pollock, associate professor of chemistry, pubished “Thanksgiving Sides Are Delicious and Can Be Nutritious − Here’s the Biochemistry of How to Maximize the Benefits” in The Conversation.

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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