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Dr. Scott Gronert Receives Fulbright Award

  Scott Gronert, Ph.D., has been awarded a prestigious Fulbright Scholar award to work with researchers in France on a new process that could help surgeons more accurately remove cancerous cells. Gronert, chair of the Department of Chemistry in the College of Humanities and Sciences, will work with professors Isabelle Fournier, Ph.D., and Michel Salzet, […]

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2015 Mary E. Kapp Lecture

Dr. James M. Mayer Yale University “Proton-Coupled Electron Transfer: from Hydrogen Atom Transfer Reactions to Oxide Nanoparticle Chemistry” Research in the Mayer group spans the fields of inorganic, materials, bioinorganic, organometallic, and physical organic chemistry. Our primary focus is on redox reactions that involve bond formation and bond cleavage, in particular the coupled transfers of […]

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Spring 2015 Graduation

VCU Chemistry Graduation Graduation Speaker: Dr. William A. Hazel, Jr. Secretary of Health and Human Resources for Commonwealth of Virginia Friday, May 8th 2015 at 6:00 PM Location: Greater Richmond Convention Center 403 N. 3rd Street, Exhibit Hall C All graduates who wish to participate in the Chemistry departmental diploma ceremony MUST report to Exhibit […]

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New H&S Scholarship Website

The College of Humanities and Sciences has introduced a new website, vcu.academicworks.com, with information and an online application process for the over 100 scholarship opportunities we offer to currently enrolled students. The system features a searchable database of opportunities and details the requirements for each. This system will offer a more student-centric experience, streamlines our administrative […]

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Dr. Alenka Luzar

Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014 Click here for complete article As far back as she can remember, Alenka Luzar, Ph.D., has loved water. Growing up in Slovenia, she started skiing at age 4, and in her teens became an accomplished alpine skier and participated in the junior Winter Olympics in Grenoble, France. Of course, snow was […]

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VCU Chemistry Top Ten in Graduating Women with B.S.

Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Chemistry has risen six spots to No. 6 in a national ranking of undergraduate chemistry degrees awarded to women. VCU’s 2013 class of chemistry students was 58 percent women. In recent years, the department’s ranking in terms of B.S. degrees awarded to women has climbed significantly. It ranked No. 12 […]

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2014 John B. Fenn Lecture

Dr. Dudley Herschbach Nobel Laureate Harvard University                  Glimpses of Chemical Wizardry  In an evangelical spirit, three vignettes will be presented that have the character of molecular parables: stories with lessons that transcend the specific details. (1) How knowledge of the orientation of a methyl group with respect […]

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Spring 2014 Graduation

Graduate Students INORGANIC CHEMISTRY Zachary Huba “Synthesis and characterization of cobalt carbide based nanomaterials” Advisor ~ Everett Carpenter, PhD Sarah Spell “The Study of Au(III) Compounds and their Interaction with Zinc Finger Proteins” Advisor ~ Nicholas Farrell, PhD Samantha Tsotsoros “Platinum Complexes and Zinc Finger Proteins: From Target Recognition to Fixation” Advisor ~ Nicholas Farrell, PhD  ORGANIC CHEMISTRY […]

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Chemistry’s Jamal Aldajaei Story of Perseverance

Chemistry’s Jamal Aldajaei PhD remarkable story was recently highlighted by VCU’s President Dr. Michael Rao at the University’s Graduation in May. Please take a moment to read his story here.

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Dr. Michael Mautner on life expanded beyond Earth

Michael Mautner, Ph.D., a research professor of chemistry studies how life might expand beyond Earth, using meteorites to find how microbes and even plants might grow to develop an ecosystem in support of human settlers on asteroids or space colonies. Mautner recently discussed his experiments at VCU and explained his belief that life will eventually […]

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