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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.

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

  • Coppage Published

    Drs. Ryan Coppage and Michael Leopold of the University of Richmond Chemistry Department published a paper titled "Sintering-Based In-Situ Synthesis and Characterization by TEM of Noble Metal Nanoparticles for Ceramic Glaze Color Control" in the journal Nanomaterials.

  • Leopold Published

    Drs. Michael Leopold and Ryan Coppage of the University of Richmond Chemistry Department published a paper titled "Sintering-Based In-Situ Synthesis and Characterization by TEM of Noble Metal Nanoparticles for Ceramic Glaze Color Control" in the journal Nanomaterials.

  • Leopold Published

    Michael Leopold, Floyd D. and Elisabeth S. Gottwald Professor of Chemistry, and Ryan Coppage, Director of Introductory Laboratories, published an article in Ceramics Monthly titled "Copper Red Nanoparticles."

  • Coppage Published

    Ryan Coppage, Director of Introductory Laboratories, and Michael Leopold, Floyd D. and Elisabeth S. Gottwald Professor of Chemistry, co-authored "Copper Red Nanoparticles" in the September issue of Ceramics Monthly.

     

  • Donald Awarded NSF Grant

    Kelling Donald, associate dean and professor of chemistry, has received more than $375K in grant support from the National Science Foundation for his research on chemical bonding. Read more here.

  • Leopold Receives $275k Grant

    Michael Leopold, Floyd D. and Elisabeth S. Gottwald Professor of Chemistry, has been awarded a nearly $275,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to explore the development of a nanoparticle-based sensor used for detecting explosives. Read more

  • Leopold Awarded

    Michael Leopold, Floyd D. and Elisabeth S. Gottwald professor of chemistry, has been awarded a $2,000 Mednick Memorial Fellowship from the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges for his project: Exploring Halogen Bonding as a Fundamental Interaction Toward the Development of Nanoparticle-Based Sensing of Explosive Molecules.

  • Johnson Receives Summer Research Grant

    Miles Johnson, assistant professor of chemistry, has received a $17,000 Summer Research Grant from Organic Syntheses, Inc. for his project, Development of Mild Nickel-Catalyzed C–N Cross-Coupling Reactions Enabled by Modular Phosphinopyrrole Ligands.

  • Johnson Receives NSF Award

    The National Science Foundation has awarded Miles Johnson, assistant professor of chemistry, more than $500,000 in grant support from the National Science Foundation for his research on metal catalysts and developing new chemical compounds. Read more.

  • Chemistry Team Obtains Patent

    Ryan Coppage, director of introductory chemistry laboratories, along with Michael Leopold, professor of chemistry, and Christie Lacy, director of microscopy and imaging, obtained a Utility Patent for “Gold Nanoparticle in Ceramic Glaze” - U.S. Patent No. 10,913,856 on App. No. 15/790,717 / UR0002.

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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

Chair: Christopher Stevenson
Administrative coordinator: Rosemary Nicholson