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

Congratulations to Dr. Dos Santos

Patrcia Dos Santos

Professor Patricia Dos Santos was recently awarded an NSF grant for her research on “redox reactions in the biosynthesis of thio-cofactors in bacteria”. This project will engage graduate and undergraduate students in the identification physiological reductants participating in the biological synthesis of vitamins and … Continue reading

Congratulations to Dr. Salam

Dr. Akbar Salam

Congratulations to Dr. Akbar Salam, who has been awarded a Mercator Fellowship associated with the International Research Training Group “Cold Controlled Ensembles in Physics and Chemistry” at the University of Freiburg, Germany and funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG). Read the announcement … Continue reading

Salem Hall Renovations

Salem Hall, home of the Chemistry Department, is currently undergoing complete renovation.  All operations for the Chemistry Department have been relocated to other facilities on the Reynolda campus and the Wake Downtown facility.   For an updated list of office … Continue reading