You are invited to explore the wealth of information here on our website in order to get a better idea of the wealth of opportunities and accomplishments that define the Chemistry Department at Wake Forest. We have a strong tradition of intensive teaching and wide-ranging research in the fundamentals of the field.

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. In the words of Primo Levi,

“We are chemists… We are here for this – to make mistakes and to correct ourselves, to stand the blows and hand them out. We must never feel disarmed: nature is immense and complex, but it is not impermeable to the intelligence; we must circle around it, pierce and probe it, look for the opening or make it.” (Levi, The Periodic Table, p.75).

The Chemistry Department at Wake Forest  welcomes you and will help you to “circle around nature” and to find or make your own openings. Opportunity awaits….

Wake Forest sophomore Hannah Martin ('17) works with chemistry professor Patricia Dos Santos in her lab in Salem Hall.

Wake Forest sophomore Hannah Martin (’17) works with chemistry professor Patricia Dos Santos in her lab in Salem Hall.

Beating bad bacteria

Wake Forest sophomore receives prestigious award to study dangerous bacteria
By Will Ferguson Office of Communications and External Relations

The notion that trillions of bacteria are packed into the human body is enough to give anyone the heebie jeebies.

But not all bacteria are bad, said Hannah Martin, a rising sophomore. On the contrary, there are many types of good bacteria that help humans digest food, process vitamins and minerals and protect the body from disease and infection.

Martin and Patricia Dos Santos, an associate professor of chemistry, are tackling the problem of how to target harmful bacteria while sparing beneficial bacteria that make it possible for humans to live healthy lives.

Read More at the Wake Forest News Center

Upcoming Chemistry Events and Seminars

  • September 3, 2014
    • Seminar - Mike Gross
      Starts: 4:00 pm, Ends:5:00 pm
      Location: Salem Hall, Room 10
  • September 9, 2014
  • September 10, 2014
    • Seminar - Aaron Mohs
      Starts: 4:00 pm, Ends:5:00 pm
      Location: Salem Hall, Room 10
  • September 17, 2014
    • Seminar - TBA
      Starts: 4:00 pm, Ends:5:00 pm
      Location: Salem Hall, Room 10
  • September 24, 2014
    • Seminar - Tomas Diaz de la Rubia
      Starts: 4:00 pm, Ends:5:00 pm
      Location: Salem Hall, Room 10
  • September 30, 2014
  • October 1, 2014
    • Seminar - Vicente Talenquer
      Starts: 4:00 pm, Ends:5:00 pm
      Location: Salem Hall, Room 10
  • October 8, 2014
    • Seminar - Jiyoung Hong
      Starts: 4:00 pm, Ends:5:00 pm
      Location: Salem Hall, Room 10

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