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GradLife 601: Organic, Inorganic, and Computational Chemistry  (Podcast interview of Dr. Popp, Director of Graduate Studies)

Margaret Hilton receives an ACS PRF DNI grant 

The project will investigate mechanisms of C-H functionalization using boron-containing catalysts  

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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.

Steve Valentine and Peng Li receives $390,000 from National Science Foundation to develop new methods to study the structure of proteins

The project is developing new tools for generating micrometer-sized droplets of varying charge that allow the study of challenging biomolecules in solution using mass spectrometry (MS) techniques

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

Inorganic Chemistry
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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Greg Dudley and Brian Popp receives an award from the NSF to study Regioselective [2+2+2] Cyclotrimerizations

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The research will investigate selective new methods for preparing complex derivatives of benzene and other aromatic (benzenoid) compounds.

 Impacts of Cholesterol on huntingtin/lipid aggregation

The group of Dr. Legleiter showed that cholesterol enrichment promotes a distinct htt aggregation pattern on membrane surface that resulted in elevated, plateau‐like domains extending several nanometers above the membrane surface.

Molecular orientations at interfaces

The Goulay Group reports that increased concentrations, preferred orientations, and decreased solvation near the air–water surface may lead to differences in reactivities between surface-active and surface-inactive molecules.
MD glucose   

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In droplet hydrogen  deuterium exchange 

The groups of Drs. Valentine and Li examine the ability ofin-droplethydrogen–deuterium exchange (HDX) to directly probe solution conformerheterogeneity of a protein with mass spectrometry (MS) detection. 


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
B.S. in Biochemistry

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 


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

Safety Safety in the Laboratory

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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