Chair’s Welcome

Welcome to the Department of Chemistry – a student-centered department rooted in research that strives to provide exceptional education and training for both graduate and undergraduate students in an environment of outstanding scholarship expected at a top university. With a community of 22 research-active and instructional faculty, approximately 75 Ph.D. students, postdocs and research scientists, and 85 undergraduate Chemistry and Biochemistry majors, this is a great place to pursue knowledge at the forefront of modern chemical sciences. 

Our PhD alumni find professional success in industry, academia, government and other chemistry-related professions. Our undergraduate majors have excellent placement rates in top graduate and medical programs. With external support from funding agencies such as NSF, NIH, DOE and other organizations, department members typically produce 50-60 peer-reviewed publications in top chemistry journals annually.

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 the many exciting research and learning opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students alike on these pages.

Jennifer Swift
Department Chair


Department News

Congratulations to Dr. Esther Braselmann

August 21st, 2023

Congratulations to Dr. Esther Braselmann for her recent grant from the National Institute of Health.  Her grant titled Illuminating multiplexed RNA dynamics to interrogate splicing in health and…

Chemistry Graduates honored at end of year reception

June 5th, 2023

Back row:  Jennifer Swift, Christian Wolf, Lauren Gaetano, Kendall Flaharty, Dominic PhamFront row: Anuj Dutta, Karah Knope, Jennifer Guo, Adrian Kalaw, Amanda Rutledge, Abigail Kirk, Samantha…


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