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

2016 Chemistry Major and PhD Graduates


Congratulations PhD William Clodfelter       Yuyang Zhu         Song Ding         Adam Davidson BCHS David Adkins          Shah Nomair Alam      Katherine Albanese    Eric Bueter         Julie Chu         Matthew Cottam          Pierre Duncan Denise Elizondo      Lucas Gabriel  … Continue reading

2016 Chemistry Honor Students

2016 Chemistry Honor Students

Katherine Albanese, Jason Guo, and Eleni Kisty all successfully completed and defended their thesis for Honors in Chemistry.  Congratulations to each one of you for this major accomplishment! … Continue reading

Student Awards


Congratulations to the following students for receiving the: CRC Freshman Award: Sierra Burick, Spencer Sullivan, Kelley O’Keefe, Lisa Thiele, Taylor Shue, Alexandra Persily and Martin Tan  POLYED Undergraduate Organic Chemistry Award:  Hanwen Wang Undergraduate Student Award in Environmental Chemistry:  Yian Wang … Continue reading

Congratulations to Dr. Christa Colyer


Christa Colyer, Professor of Chemistry and Robert and Debra Lee Faculty Fellow, has been appointed Associate Dean for Academic Planning in the Office of the Dean of the College effective July 1, 2016.  Professor Colyer will be assuming the post … Continue reading