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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. 
Read in JOC 

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.
Hoover JACS
Read in JACS

A new kind of spiral waves embraces disorder

A type of spiraling wave has been busted for disorderly conduct. Spiral waves are waves that ripple outward in a swirl. Now scientists from Germany and the United States, including WVU chemists Ken Showalter and Mark Tinsley, have created a new type of spiral wave in the lab. The unusual whorl has a jumbled, disordered center rather than an orderly swirl, making it the first "serial wave chimera," the researchers reported in the prestigious journal Nature Physics.

Spiral waves

Spiral waves

Using sound waves for biomedical breakthroughs

Sound waves could be the future of biomedical research, diagnosing and treatment.  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

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 Gullion reports that certain chemical components in the insect’s wings could explain why.



How cicadas manage to ‘wing it’

Chemical Echo

Professors Ken Showalter and Mark Tinsley have observed an echo phenomenon in a system of coupled chemical oscillators. Their research is published Physical Review X.  

Chemical Echo 

Chemical Echo

Analytical Chemistry

Analytical chemistry uses knowledge of chemistry, instrumentation, and statistics to solve problems in almost all areas of chemistry and for a variety of industries.

Analytical Chemistry Faculty

Chemical Education

Chemical education refers to the study of the teaching and learning of chemistry at all levels of education. Topics include understanding how students learn chemistry, the best teaching methods and the training of chemistry teachers. 

Chemical Education Faculty

Forensic chemistry

Forensic chemistry is about the analysis of non-biological trace evidence found at crime scenes in order to identify unknown materials and match samples to known substances.

Forensic Chemistry Faculty

Inorganic chemistry

Inorganic chemistry studies the synthesis, reactions, structures, and properties of inorganic and organometallic compounds.

Inorganic Chemistry Faculty


Research in chemical catalysis aims at designing new classes of catalysts and understanding  how catalysts accelerate chemical reactions and select reaction products. 

Catalysis Faculty

Organic, Bioorganic, and Medicinal Chemistry

Organic Chemistry investigates the structure, properties, and reactions of molecules containing carbon atoms.   

Organic Chemistry Faculty

Physical and Biophysical Chemistry

Physical chemistry is the study of the behavior of matter at the molecular and atomic level, as well as how chemical reactions occur. Biophysical chemistry uses the concepts of physics and physical chemistry for the study of biological systems.   

Physical Chemistry Faculty


Nanoscience is the study of matter on the scale of nanometers.  

Nanoscience Faculty