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

Adopt A Family

January 4th, 2022

Each year the Office of Human Resources at Georgetown runs the Sponsor A Family program for Georgetown Families that might need assistance . This year the membe…

Coffee and Conversation

December 6th, 2021

With the decrease in research capacity that happened during COVID , it was hard for graduate students ( and all members of the department ) to have a place to info…

First Friday and Journal Club are back!

October 20th, 2021

After a roughly 2 – year hiatus due to COVID – 19 , GSOC was able to return to hosting regularly scheduled Journal Clubs and First Fridays on September 24th   and Oct…

United States Crystal Growing Competition

October 20th, 2021

Every year Professor Karah Knope helps coordinate the United States Crystal Growing Competition . The competition was founded by Dr . Jason Benedict ( Universi…

Chemistry News from Georgetown College

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

December 2nd, 2020

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 around the membrane transporter lacY permease.  “Being able to apply my expertise while learning new skills is beyond exciting,” Djapgne says. “Though I […]

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

October 20th, 2020

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 collaborative research that examines more efficient and selective ways to convert the dominant greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2) back to value-adding chemicals. The latter aims to help close a circular process for achieving zero greenhouse gas emissions.

New College Faculty for 2020-2021

September 2nd, 2020

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 their varied and nuanced areas of study.

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

February 7th, 2020

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 research while at the university, and have shared their passions with their students, the Georgetown community and beyond. This year, Department of History professor Kathryn de Luna, Department of Psychology professor Adam Green and Department of Chemistry professor Kaveh Jorabchi were three of the four faculty chosen.