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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.

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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.

Dr. Margaret Hilton joined the department of chemistry at WVU as an Assistant Professor

Dr. Hilton completed her PhD at the University of Utah in 2017 with Matthew Sigman and her postdoctoral training at Yale University with Scott Miller.

Her research group focuses on developing new organic transformations and designing more efficient and selective catalysts with applications in the synthesis of drug-like molecules and an emphasis on understanding reaction mechanism. 

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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.

Peng Li receives a $1.7M grant from the NIH

The research supported by the R01 award aims at improving the efficiency of mass spectrometers for scientific research.

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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 CO 2 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. 

Jessica Hoover receives an Outstanding Investigator award from the NIH

R35 grants from the NIH provides long term support to an experienced investigator with an outstanding record of research productivity. Professor Hoover embarks on a long-term project to understand coupling reactions of heteroaryls.

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Jessica Hoover

West Virginia University selected to host Beckman Scholars Program, receiving $156,000 in funding for student research

Over the next three years, six WVU undergraduate student researchers will have the opportunity to conduct funded research thanks to the  Beckman Scholars Program, which will provide up to $156,000 in funding and leadership development. 

Qualified students will be freshmen, sophomores or juniors majoring in chemistry, biochemistry, biology, chemical or biomedical engineering or medical sciences with a 3.5 minimum GPA. Apply by March 2 at 11:59 p.m. 

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Undergrad REsearch

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 Milman 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.  
Nature Chemistry   

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Mechanism of Iron-Catalyzed hydro magnesiation

In a cover article by Rogers and Popp, the (iPrPDI)FeCl2-catalyzed hydromagnesiation of styrene was monitored using the solution FTIR probe reaction setup shown in the cover art background. 

WVU chemist receives a 3-year NSF grant to study free radical chemistry in flames

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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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 

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

Dr. Dolinar received his Ph.D. 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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The Department of Chemistry is committed to safety in the teaching and research laboratories. 

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