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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

Congratulations to Dr. Gross

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Professor Michael Gross was recently awarded an NSF CAREER Award, for his proposal entitled “CAREER: Processing High Surface Area, Nanostructured Ceramic Scaffolds at High Temperatures via In-Situ Carbon Templating of Hybrid Materials”. … Continue reading

Congratulations to Amanda Jones

Dr. Amanda Jones received the The Award for Excellence in Research. This award is presented annually to an outstanding young scholar in the College who is either an assistant professor or is in his or her fourth year or less … Continue reading

New Book by Akbar Salam

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Dr. Akbar Salam has recently publish a new book. Non-Relativistic QED Theory of the van der Waals Dispersion Interaction, Akbar Salam, Springer, 2016. http://www.springer.com/us/book/9783319456041     … Continue reading

Manuscript Published by Amanda Jones

ACS Catalysis just published a manuscript describing work carried out by Dr. Amanda Jones and her research group. “Insights into Alkene Activation by Gold: Nucleophile Activation with Base as a Trigger for Generation of Lewis Acidic Gold” Yuyang Zhu, Wentong Zhou, … Continue reading