The C. Eugene Bennett Chemistry Department is committed to fostering a safe and inclusive learning and working environment. Faculty and staff are actively engaging with students to promote diversity and inclusion. Following President Gordon Gee's statement on June 3rd, 2020, the department will deepen our embrace of the Mountaineer core values of Service, Curiosity, Respect, Accountability, and Appreciation in order to address any issues of social injustice and racism within the department and the community.
Dr. Margaret Hilton joined the department of chemistry at WVU as an Assistant Professor
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.
Learn more about Dr. Hilton's research
WVU prepares rural students for STEM majors through new summer camp
Peng Li receives a $1.7M grant from the NIH
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
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.
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.
Sustainable and Affordable Chemistry
Delayed fluorescence from a zirconium(iv) photosensitizerThe 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.
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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Dr. Brian S. Dolinar joined the department of Chemistry as an Assistant Professor.
The Department of Chemistry is committed to safety in the teaching and research laboratories.