Chair’s Welcome

Welcome to the Department of Chemistry, where we strive for academic and research excellence while adhering to the Jesuit tradition of cura personalis.  Our department offers many exciting learning and research opportunities in core and emerging interdisciplinary areas of chemistry that are at the forefront of modern chemical sciences.  With 22 faculty, approximately 75 Ph.D. students, postdocs and research scientists, and 85 undergraduate chemistry and biochemistry majors, the department regularly boasts an annual productivity of more than 60 peer-reviewed articles in top chemistry journals. Our PhD alumni have gone on to professional success in industry, academia, government and other chemistry-related professions, and our undergraduate majors have excellent placement rates in top graduate and medical programs.  With the opening of the state-of-the-art science building Regents Hall in Fall 2012, and planned expansion of the sciences, there are many opportunities for pursuing great work in an inclusive and diverse environment. 

Located in the heart of Washington DC and overlooking the Potomac River, the Chemistry Department is only a few miles from the National Institutes of Health, the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the Naval Research Laboratory in addition to many other world-class science research activity centers at museums and industry in the region.  We encourage you learn more about us on these pages and in our departmental newsletters. 

Jennifer Swift
Department Chair


Department News

Graduates honored with departmental awards

June 2nd, 2022

On Friday , May 20 the department honored and celebrated the class of 2022 with a small reception for all of the members of the department , the graduates and…

Undergraduate Research Conference

April 25th, 2022

At the 2022 Undergraduate Research Conference , three students in the Chemistry Department presented posters . Seniors Chloe & nbsp ; Kekedjian ( Chemistry major ), Rac…


Georgetown College Chemistry News

21st Century Postdoctoral Fellow to Conduct Cutting Edge Research Across Labs

Louise Djapgne, a new 21st Century Postdoctoral Fellow for the Department of Chemistry, brings her skills as a molecular biologist to the field of biophysics at Georgetown in order to advance research…

December 2nd, 2020

Chemistry Professor Awarded Prestigious Fulbright Global Scholarship for Research on Reduction of Greenhouse Gases

YuYe J. Tong, a professor in the Department of Chemistry and director of the Environmental Metrology & Policy Program, was awarded a competitive Fulbright Global Scholar Award for his collaborati…

October 20th, 2020

New College Faculty for 2020-2021

Georgetown College is pleased to welcome 24 new full-time faculty members with primary appointments in 16 College departments and programs. This cohort will help enrich the student experience through …

September 2nd, 2020

Chemistry, History, Psychology: College Professors from Varied Disciplines Recognized as Provost’s Distinguished Professors

Since 2016, a small group of faculty are selected each year to receive the honor of the Provost’s Distinguished Associate Professors. These educators have made a huge impact in their field of resear…

February 7th, 2020