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Jessica Hoover receives an award from the NSF to study copper catalysis 

Dr. Hoover and her research team are identifying new catalysts to tune and control oxidation and decarboxylation reactions of carboxylic acids. These activities include developing a fundamental understanding of how the catalysts work to carefully adapt their applications. This research program is further providing research experiences to future West Virginia teachers to support and enrich chemistry education in the state. 


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First-Generation Initiatives

First-Generation Initiatives develops programs to help “FirstGen” students succeed. First-Generation is defined that neither parent or guardian has completed a four-year degree.

Peng Li receives $500,000 from National Science Foundation to develop portable diagnostic devices

The project will seek to create integrated devices that can detect low abundance nucleic acid and protein biomarkers without requiring dedicated instruments and laboratory space.

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Research from the Milsmann Group was selected for the cover art in Inorganic Chemistry

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The cover art illustrates the molecular structure of the first iron-carbene complex with a square-planar coordination environment. This geometry induces an unprecedented intermediate-spin configuration for the iron-carbene unit. 

WVU-led Dolly Sods GPU cluster to drive new frontiers of computational research in physics and astronomy, drug discovery, data science and more

Dolly Sods

Blake Mertz, is leading a project, funded by a $1.1 million National Science Foundation grant for a new graphics processing unit computer cluster called “Dolly Sods”. It will enable researchers throughout the state to accelerate computational research in fields such as drug development, interstellar phenomena, biometrics, material design and business logistics and management.

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Fabien Goulay r eceives an award from the NSF to study atmospheric heterogeneous chemistry

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The research will investigate the oxidation of atmospheric aerosols and in particular the reaction of dicarboxylic acids at the surface of particles with free radicals. It will also provide training opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students, including first generation college students and students from the Appalachian region, who have been traditionally underrepresented in the sciences. 

Sustainable and Affordable Chemistry

The group of Dr. Popp showed that catalytic additives, specifically triphenylphosphine or electron‐rich styrene, leads to improved catalyst efficiency and broadening of substrate scope. Popp pub

Delayed fluorescence from a zirconium(iv) photosensitizer

The Milsmann Group reports an air- and moisture-stable, visible light-absorbing Zr(iv) photosensitizer. The molecule has an exceptionally long-lived triplet LMCT excited state ( τ = 350 μs), featuring highly efficient photoluminescence emission ( Ф = 0.45) due to thermally activated delayed fluorescence emanating from the higher-lying singlet configuration with significant LMCT contributions.  
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Novel route to benzene formation in gas phase environments

The group of Dr. Goulay investigated the CH + C5H5 reaction using laser spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, and computational methods. They found that benzene is the main reaction product and propose new insights into the reaction mechanisms. 

Fabien Goulay answers the question "Where does a candle go when it burns?"

Moment of Um answers those questions that pop up out of nowhere. You know, the ones that make squint a little and go… ummmmmmm.

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Undergraduate Students

Chemistry is the science of the materials we use, the medicine we take, the environment we live in and the food we eat. Our department gives students the opportunity to learn the skills that will lead to tomorrow’s discoveries.

B.S. in Chemistry B.A. in Chemistry
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Graduate Students

Chemistry graduate students look deeply into what makes our world work, on a chemical and molecular level.

M.S. in Chemistry Ph.D. in Chemistry New graduate student orientation 

Safety


The Department of Chemistry is committed to safety in the teaching and research laboratories. 

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WVU chemistry wins national safety award       

Thanks to facility renovations, research innovations and in-class lessons,  West Virginia University’s  C. Eugene Bennett Department of Chemistry has received the nation’s top undergraduate safety program award in chemistry – for a second time.

The American Chemical Society Division of Chemical Health and Safety’s SafetyStratus College and University Health and Safety Award recognizes an outstanding comprehensive laboratory safety program in higher education undergraduate study.

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