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

National American Chemical Society Meeting


The Wake Forest Chemistry Department will be well-represented at the National American Chemical Society Meeting in Denver, CO next week (3/22/2015 – 3/26/2015). Prof. Uli Bierbach will be presiding over a technical session and giving a talk. His graduate student … Continue reading

OMG moment affects GPAs

Dr. Angela King

Chemistry professor uses Hogwarts-styled ‘House Cup’ challenge to improve learning Organic chemistry students choose House Cup teams. Professor Angela King had an OMG moment last year at a teaching retreat, which led her to change how her organic chemistry classes … Continue reading