Department of Chemistry News

Sep 8, 2015

Dr. George Hess passed away Friday September 4, 2015. He is survived by wife, Sylvia, daughter Heidi (Chris Rice), son Jon (Minh Hess), and grandchildren Nathan and Nicole Hess and Sophie Rice.

Dr. Hess retired in 1999 after 34 years of exceptional service to Wright State University. He did his undergraduate at Juniata College in Pennsylvania, and went on to Pennsylvania State University, where he obtained his Ph.D. in 1964.

Dr. Hess came to Wright State in 1965 and was one of...

Sep 3, 2015
Dr. Kuppuswamy Arumugam

Swamy, is originally from Tamil Nadu, India. After finishing his undergraduate studies at Pondicherry University, he moved to the US for graduate studies. Swamy received his Ph.D from Tulane University , New Orleans, LA, followed with a postdoctoral stint at The University of Texas at Austin. He was an Assistant Professor at St. Bonaventure prior to joining the Wright State Chemistry Department.

Sep 25, 2014

Two new faculty positions are open in the Department of Chemistry and the Department of Biological Sciences as part of a new hiring plan initiated in the College of Science and Mathematics.  We are seeking candidates who can contribute to a growing interdepartmental cluster in global change research and the interdisciplinary Environmental Sciences Ph.D. program.  These two positions are in addition to a new position filled by Dr. Silvia Newell in the Department of Earth and Environmental...

Jul 18, 2014
Robert (Bob) Weisman passed away on July 2, 2014, at the age of 77, leaving a great void in the Wright State family.
Apr 24, 2014
Grace Klinger and Amy Willcox

Two Chemistry students were recipients of Wright State University's Outstanding Student Leaders Awards, April 17, 2014, at a Student Recognition Reception organized by the Office of Student Activities. Grace Klinger, received the Advanced Student Leader and Outstanding Senior Leader Awards. Amy Willcox received the Outstanding Senior Leader Award. Both students are officers in the Chemistry Club and recently were part of the Chemistry Club's  Chemistry Demo Show.

Congratulations to...

Apr 24, 2014
Kevin Dorney

Kevin Dorney received the Graduate Excellence Award from Dr.Robert E. W. Fyffe, Vice-President of Research and Graduate Studies, on April 16, 2014 in recognition of his achievements in the Chemistry Department's Master's Program.

Congratulations, Kevin!


Apr 7, 2014
Wright State Chemistry Poster Presenters at Dayton Chapter ACS Meeting

At the Annual Poster session at the American Chemical Society Dayton Section meeting on April 1st, four Wright State students were honored with awards for the best posters describing their research. Six awards were given, evenly split between undergraduate and graduate students. Two of the awards were sponsored by the Applied Spectroscopy Society and four by the Dayton Section. Winning the award for the best poster in the area of spectroscopy was Kevin Dorney, a graduate student guided by...

Oct 11, 2013

The Ohio State University, Wright State University and nine other Ohio colleges and universities will share a $3.5 million National Science Foundation grant over the next five years...

Sep 9, 2013
Dr. Eric Fossum

Eric Fossum, in the Department of Chemistry, is the lead P.I. on a $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation. The three year project, is entitled "Exploiting 3,5-Difluoro Aromatic Systems to Functionalize Poly(arylene ether)s," The grant will provide support for both undergraduate and graduate students.

To quote from the grant summary: "This work will enhance our ability to synthesize new engineering polymers (plastic) with excellent environmental stability and properties...

Jun 28, 2013

A high-power atomic force microscope that could revolutionize the study of materials at high temperatures and pressures is coming into focus in a Wright State University lab.