Georgetown University - Department of Chemistry

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. 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 senior Langmuir editor, a regional editor of Molecular Crystals and Liquid Crystals, several editorial board members of scientific journals, and an endowed 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 16 active research groups—numbering approximately 70 Ph.D. students, 15 postdocs and research scientists, and 100 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 will enhance further 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.

YuYe J. Tong
Professor and Chair

Upcoming Events

Research Experience for Undergraduates

The Chemistry Department at Georgetown is excited to host the Research Experience for Undergraduates again this summer 2014. It is a great time to be doing research at Georgetown with the new science building, adding to the opportunities of Washington with the intersection of academia, national laboratories and government labs. Please click here for the REU webpage and application materials.

NFUSS 2014 Flyer. Nuclear Forensics Undergraduate Summer School/Sponsored by the US Department of Homeland Security. June 9th through July 18th, 2014.

Thurs., February 20, 2:00 pm: Prof. Hans Lischka (Texas Tech University)
“Challenges in Quantum Chemistry: From Polyradical Defects in Graphene Nanoflakes to Charge Transfer in Organic Photovoltaics”, Reiss 112.

Tues., February 25, 2:00 pm: Ms. Amila Abeykoon, Thesis Semina (Georgetown University)
“Characterization of Methylation in Riskettsia Outer Membrane Protein B Catalyzed by Lysine Methyltransferase”, Reiss 112.

Thurs., February 27, 2:00 pm: Dr. Greg Gillen (National Institute of Standards and Technology)
“Surface and Microchemical Analysis at NIST: Fundamentals of Secondary Ion and Ambient Mass Spectrometry for Forensics and Homeland Security”, Reiss 112.

[Complete Seminar Schedule]

In the News

Professor Hahm's Invited Feature Article in Langmuir is now online
January 2014

ChemPhysChem Selected Kertesz Group contribution as "Very Important Paper"
October 2013

Professor Wolf wins NIH Grant
September 2013

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