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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

The Traveling Community

Taylor Barrett

Sometimes, you can find community in the most unlikely places, like a 25-seat black and gold shuttle bus. Students ride the shuttle to get from point A — the Reynolda Campus — to point B — Wake Downtown. But if … Continue reading

Grant Awarded to Dr. Dos Santos

Portrait of Patrcia Dos Santos

The National Science Foundation recently awarded a $680,000 grant to Wake Forest University Associate Professor of Chemistry Patricia Dos Santos. In addition to funding research that helps scientists better understand life on earth, the grant also enables her to mentor … Continue reading