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Chemistry opens the door to a variety of careers. From medical science to engineering, a background in chemistry can prepare you for success.

The C. Eugene Bennett Department of Chemistry at West Virginia University invites applications for a Tenure-Track Assistant Professor position in Organic Chemistry.

Dr. Brian S. Dolinar joined the department of Chemistry as a new Assistant Professor.

Dr. Dolinar received his PhD from the Department of Chemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2016. He has been a Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of Chemistry at Texas A&M University since 2016. At WVU, he is joining the Inorganic Chemistry Division. 

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Professor Kung Wang receives a NSF Grant for the design of carbon nanobelts

The  research aims at the synthesis of carbon nanobelts as templates for growing carbon nanotubes with a uniform diameter and chirality                 

Two Chemistry Professors receive CAREER Awards from the National Science Foundation

Professor Carsten Milsmann for Earth-Abundant Transition Metal Photosensitizers 

The goal of Professor Milsmann's research is to provide access to photoactive compounds based on readily-available, earth-abundant metals that can improve upon and/or replace currently available technology based on precious metals. This will further the development of more cost-efficient solar energy applications.
Professor Brian Popp for Reductive Carboxylation of Unsaturated Hydrocarbons
Brian Popp 

The project is focusing on reactions of CO2 to prepare important chemicals useful for the manufacture of pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals, and materials.  Professor Popp's research is using both experimental and computational methods to better understand how these reactions work and how to improve them. 

WVU chemist receives a 3-year NSF grant to study fuel efficiency and pollutant formation 

Fabien Goulay, an associate professor in the  C. Eugene Bennett Department of Chemistry, is investigating combustion reaction mechanisms, which take place in flames, engines, and turbines. The 3-year NSF grant also provides 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.
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Jessica Hoover receives a NIH grant for the study of nickel-catalyzed reactions

The goal of the research proposed by Pr. Hoover from the C. Eugene Bennett Department of Chemistry is to develop new and efficient methods for C-C bond forming reactions, a key reaction step used in the synthesis of pharmaceutical intermediates and biologically active compounds. These methods are expected to improve the cost and availability of medicines and other therapeutic agents that improve human health.  

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WVU prepares rural students for STEM majors through new summer camp

The WVU Center for Excellence in STEM Education is one of the five lead organizations in the First2 STEM Success Network, an INCLUDES Alliance and statewide collaboration supported by the National Science Foundation. The alliance is working to improve the college enrollment and retention rates of first-generation undergraduate STEM students from rural areas.

A Photosensitizer with a Long-Lived Excited State

Time-resolved emission spectroscopy for the luminescent zirconium complex Zr(MePDP)2  revealed a long-lived excited state with a lifetime τ = 325 ± 10 μs.  This value is among the longest lifetimes reported for transition metal complexes and exceeds the values found in traditional MLCT photosensitizers.  The results published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society by the by the group of Dr. Milsmann  establish a detailed mechanistic picture of a photoredox catalytic reaction promoted by an earth-abundant early transition metal photosensitizer.

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Effect of surface partitioning on aerosol chemistry

Aerosol flow tube experiments coupled to molecular dynamic simulations  reveal that molecular partitioning between the surface and bulk of an aqueous nano droplet significantly  affect its chemical reactivity. The results published in Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys.  by the group of Dr. Goulay may have significant impact on the understanding of atmospheric aerosol chemical aging. 
Goulay PCCP   

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Symposium in Honor of Kenneth Showalter

The Interdisciplinary Impact of Nonlinear Chemical Dynamics

West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV 

Organizers: Dezso Horvath, Oliver Steinbock, Renate Wackerbauer

CESTA Community Engagement in Science Through Art

"The Brain Complex" a   cross-discipline collaboration sculpture. 

The CESTA program is funded by Dr. Jessica Hoover’s National Science Foundation CAREER award. The program teaches WVU science, engineering, and art students to work and communicate effectively across fields.  

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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 

Glen Jackson named Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Glen Jackson, Ming Hsieh Distinguished Professor of  Forensic & Investigative Science holds a joint appointment in the C. Eugene Bennett Department of Chemistry and an adjunct position in the  Department of Biology at  West Virginia University.

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

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