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

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.

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Blake MRI

CESTA Community Engagement in Science Through Art

CESTA students
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. 

WVU chemistry department receives $1 million gift from C. Eugene Bennett Family Foundation

Thanks to a recent $1 million gift, the West Virginia University C. Eugene Bennett Department of Chemistry is modernizing the general chemistry laboratories.        

The Pierce and C. Bennett Family Foundation gift

Research News

Cicada Wing

A new analysis suggests that cicadas are lousy fliers because of the chemical composition of their wings. In a study appearing the ACS’ The Journal of Physical Chemistry B, Professor  Terry Gullion and his son, John  report that certain chemical components in the insect’s wings could explain why.


How cicadas manage to ‘wing it’

Using sound waves for biomedical breakthroughs

Peng Li, an assistant professor in the chemistry department assisted a team of researchers to develop an acoustic device that uses sound waves to split cells. This could eventually assist medical professionals during diagnoses and examinations.
Sound waves

The sound of silence


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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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


All WVU faculty, staff and students can download a free copy of ChemDraw, a drawing tool for scientists to create publication-ready, scientifically intelligent drawings.

Summer Undergraduate Research at the WVU 

The chemistry department hosted 17 undergraduate students as part of the Chemistry REU, NanoSAFE RUE, and SURE programmes.

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

Safety in the Laboratory

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