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 Abdessadek Lachgar


“Congratulations to Abdessadek Lachgar, professor of chemistry, whose proposal entitled “Empowering Pakistani Women through Scientific Research, Technology Development, and Entrepreneurship: Waste-to-Energy Technology Development” has been funded by the USAID and by [subaward/subcontract from] National Academy of Sciences (WFU funding agency).” … Continue reading

2015 SERMACS Industrial Innovation Award


Congratulations to the Center for Energy, Environment, & Sustainability members, Abdou Lachgar, Marcus Wright, Brian Hanson and Chinmay Deshmane, who have been selected to receive the SERMACS Industrial Innovation Award! Read about it at Inside Wake Forest News … Continue reading

Congratulations to Amanda Jones


Congratulations to Amanda Jones, assistant professor of chemistry, whose proposal entitled “CAREER: Mechanism as a Driving Force in Gold (l) Catalyzed Alkyne Functionalizations” has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).   View more at Inside WFU … Continue reading

Undergraduate Research Day


The URECA (Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities) Center will hold its 9th Annual Undergraduate Research Day on Friday, October 2nd from 3:00-5:00 p.m. in 401 Benson. This exciting event is the culmination of mentored and independent projects carried out this past … Continue reading

Faculty offer workshops on preparing for tests


Science faculty and the Learning Assistance Center (LAC) are collaborating this fall to help first-year students deal with exam panic through a three-part workshop, “How to prevent a panic attack on your first college science exam.” Michael Shuman, interim director, … Continue reading