We stand with our Black colleagues at Georgetown, in the STEM community, across America and worldwide. We join in solidarity against racism, injustice, and intolerance. more

DEI Statement: In the wake of the extremely harmful sentiments recently published in the article by Tomáš Hudlický in Angewandte Chemie International Edition (ACIE), the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) committee would like to take the opportunity to reaffirm the faculty’s commitment to inclusivity. more

A List of Anti-Racism Resources, Georgetown Chemistry (with the help of Georgetown WISE).

Chair’s Welcome

Welcome to the Department of Chemistry, where our pursuit of academic and research excellence is a daily practice and embodies the Jesuit tradition of cura personalis, part of the Spirit of Georgetown. With a commitment to diversity, 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. Our faculty—which includes six prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER awardees, a Department of Energy Early Career Awardee, several editorial board members of scientific journals, and three endowed professorships including the William G. McGowan Chair in Chemistry—are committed to continued excellence in teaching, as is evidenced in our Mission and Learning Goals. Our department of 17 active research groups—numbering approximately 75 Ph.D. students, 10 postdocs and research scientists, and 85 undergraduate chemistry and biochemistry majors—regularly boasts an annual productivity of more than 60 peer-reviewed papers in top chemistry journals. International collaborations in South America, Europe, and Asia, the opening of the state-of-the-art New Science Center in Fall 2012, and the planned increase in the number of faculty and students further enhance our department’s cutting-edge research opportunities.

Located in the heart of Georgetown’s campus, which overlooks Washington, DC and 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 world-class public and private research centers, think tanks, museums, archives, and galleries.  We appreciate your interest in our department, where many exciting things are happening, as throughout the university. We look forward to sharing these opportunities and advancements with you.

Timothy H. Warren
Richard D. Vorisek Professor of Chemistry, Department Chair

Recent Chemistry News

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

October 20th, 2020

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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

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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.

Georgetown Professor Discovers Key Findings to Stop Malarial Drug Resistance

December 4th, 2019

Malarial merozoites in the peripheral blood.

The malarial disease infects millions of people every year. Until recently, drugs like chloroquine (CQ) and piperaquine (PPQ) have been effective against the parasite that causes it, Plasmodium falciparum. New widespread resistance to these drugs lead Department of Chemistry professor Paul Roepe to research the mechanisms behind these new developments in an effort to stop the continued spread of the disease.