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The Chemistry Department seeks applications for a Tenure-Track Assistant Professor position beginning August 2019, in organic or inorganic chemistry, broadly defined.

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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Jessica Hoover

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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Goulay NSF

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 awarded $1 million grant from NSF for new High Performance Computing cluster

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A three-year National Science Foundation grant totaling nearly $1 million was awarded to a group of 22 faculty led by  Blake Mertz, assistant professor of  chemistry. It will let  West Virginia University develop its next-generation  High Performance Computing to advance research in drug delivery, genomics, and astrophysics.

CESTA Community Engagement in Science Through Art

Cross-discipline collaboration results in unique interactive sculpture at WVU Evansdale Library.

An interactive sculpture on display at West Virginia University’s Evansdale Library illustrates the structure and function of a particular enzyme and can charge your smartphone.

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CESTA 2018
The CESTA program is funded by Dr. Jessica Hoover’s National Science Foundation CAREER award, as the outreach component of the research grant.  The goals of the program are to engage the community in chemistry through art and to teach WVU science, engineering, and art students to work and communicate effectively across fields.  

2018 Bennett Careers for Chemists Program

The Bennett Careers for Chemists program helps students consider career choices after graduation. In April 2018, the Department invited  Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Moser, Ph.D., Kay M. Brummond, Ph.D., Rip A. Lee, Ph.D  to participate. The speakers shared a common qualification, a degree in chemistry.

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Synthesis of Fused Nanohoops

In an article highlighted in  Synfacts ( 2018 , 14 , 0371) the group of Dr. Wang reports the efficient synthesis of molecular nanohoops with two fused cycloparaphenylenes by Diels–Alder reactions and homocoupling reactions. This strategy may be applied to the synthesis of carbon nanotubes. 
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Using field effect to predict decarboxylation rates

The field effect parameter has a substantial influence on the rate of decarboxylation of well-defined silver benzoate complexes. The data published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society by the  group of Dr. Hoover provides the opportunity to surpass current substrate limitations associated with decarboxylation and to enable widespread utilization of decarboxylative coupling reactions.

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Microwave chemistry research heats up at WVU

The research is led at WVU by   Gregory Dudley, the Eberly Family Distinguished Professor and chair of the   C. Eugene Bennett Department of Chemistry, in close collaboration with Albert Stiegman, a professor of chemistry at Florida State University. Their study, funded by the National Science Foundation, seeks to harness microwave energy strategically to expand the capabilities of organic chemistry, including to process optimization and green chemistry. 
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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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