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Welcome to the Department of Chemistry at Wake Forest University. Chemistry is often referred to as the central science because of its role in connecting the physical sciences with the life sciences and applied sciences such as medicine and engineering. You will find that to be true here at Wake Forest in our teaching and in our research which highlights connections to biology, engineering, medicine, and physics.

By recognizing the dynamic nature of science, the Chemistry Department aims to lead in undergraduate and graduate education and in research opportunities that extend beyond the traditional boundaries of chemistry. In this pursuit, our faculty, staff and students alike are committed to developing and using their creativity and critical thinking skills to achieve excellence in inquiry, discovery, application, and service. The department’s collegial spirit of respect and cooperation underlies and facilitates the many truly outstanding contributions to education and chemical research that we boast.

If you have questions about our department you can feel free to contact me and I will answer them if I can or point you toward someone who can if I cannot.

Mark E. Welker
Chair, Department of Chemistry
William L. Poteat Professor of Chemistry

Focus on food in the forest

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Speaker series highlights sustainability issues By Bonnie Davis Office of Communications and External Relations Justice. Politics. Access. Quality. Insecurity. Production. Deserts. Sustainability. One word that connects all of these words is FOOD. At Wake Forest, references to these terms – … Continue reading

Chemistry Alumna Founds Nonprofit

Shahedah Fornah ('12), at right, and her cousin, Zainab Kamarah, co-founded Pearls of Wata.

Alumna founds nonprofit to stop the deadly disease in Sierra Leone By KERRY M. KING (’85) Wake Forest Magazine Shahedah Fornah (’12) is president and co-founder of Pearls of Wata, a nonprofit that raises funds and collects supplies — everything … Continue reading

Research Day, a hallmark event

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By Bonnie Davis Office of Communications and External Relations Junior Pierre Duncan explains his chemistry research project. During his welcoming remarks for the 8th annual Undergraduate Research Day, Randall Rogan, co-interim dean of the college, told those gathered they would … Continue reading

Students support Missions of Mercy

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Pre-health students turn out in record number to support free dental clinic By Bonnie Davis Office of Communications and External Relations Senior Stephanie Campbell, PDSA president, volunteers at NCMOM. Senior Stephanie Campbell, PDSA president, volunteers at NCMOM. Helping patients deal … Continue reading