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A degree in Chemistry prepares you for a career in a variety of fields. Choose between a bachelor of arts or bachelor of science to customize your path.

Interested in Graduate School in Chemistry? Did you know the average graduate student is paid to attend? Applications are open now!

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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.

Peng Li receives $500,000 from National Science Foundation to develop portable diagnostic devices

The project will seek to create integrated devices that can detect low abundance nucleic acid and protein biomarkers without requiring dedicated instruments and laboratory space.

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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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Fabien Goulay receives an award from the NSF to study atmospheric heterogeneous chemistry

The research will investigate the oxidation of atmospheric aerosols and in particular the reaction of dicarboxylic acids at the surface of particles with free radicals. It will also provide 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. 

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 Milsmann 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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Characterization of insect wing membranes by 13C CPMAS NMR

The group of Dr. Gullion continues to investigate the chemistry of insect wings (e.g., from ladybugs, honeybees, and cicadas) using nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy including the sensitive and sophisticated equipment at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory in Florida. They found that wings have chitin a result that is contrary to previous understanding of wing chemistry. Gullion's research has implications for micro drone technology and agriculture. Gullion's research was highlighted in WVU Today.

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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