Department of Chemistry - Graduate Program

The Department of Chemistry offers a research-based program of study in two dedicated Master of Science (M.S.) degree programs. The M.S. degree in Chemistry is available with research concentrations in the traditional areas of Analytical, Inorganic, Organic, and Physical & Theoretical Chemistry as well as in Environmental, Polymer & Materials and Bioorganic Synthetic Chemistry and in Chemical Education.

Chemistry Celebration of Research

Undergraduate and Graduate Students Presented Posters at the 2015 Celebration of Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities, Wright State University


Department of Chemistry - Chemical Demonstration Shows

                     New Shows for 2016

Chemical Demonstration Shows are for Middle School, Junior High and High School Classes. Reservations are required. Professors Emerti Rubin Battino and John J. Fortman have been providing chemistry demonstration shows for middle and high school students for approximately thirty-five years


The Department of Chemistry offers a combined degree program, which allows a student to earn both a B.S. (Chemistry) and M.S. (Chemistry) degree in 5 years. As outlined below several courses and multiple credit hours will be applied toward both the B.S. and M.S. program requirements.

Chemistry News

George Hess

Emeritus Professor of Organic Chemistry

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.

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Dr. Kuppuswamy Arumugam

Kuppuswamy Arumugam, New Organic Chemistry Faculty

New Student Research Opportunities

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.

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Presentations & Publications

Boakye, G.; Stuck, R.; Geremia, K.; Wehrle, R. J.; Cooke III, R. H.; Raghavapuram, S.; Fossum, E., “Functionalized Poly(ether ether ketone) Analogues via Reactivity Ratio Controlled Polycondensation,”  Polymer, 2015, 72, 264-270.

Andrejevic, M.; Schmitz, J.; Fossum, E., “Poly(arylene ether)s Derived from N-Alkyl-N-Phenyl-3,5-difluorobenzene sulfonamides: Effect of Chain Length on the Glass Transition Temperature” Materials Today Communications, 2015, 3, 10-16.

Seth W. Brittle, Joshua D. Baker, Kevin M. Dorney, Jessica M. Dagher, Tala Ebrahimian, Steven R. Higgins, and Ioana E. Pavel Sizemore,  "Measuring Silver Content of Nanocolloids by Inductively Coupled Plasma – Optical Emission Spectroscopy (ICP-OES): A Laboratory Experiment for Chemistry and Engineering Students." Journal of Chemical Education, 2015, 92, 1061–1065.

Cubillas P., Hu X. and Higgins S.R. (2015) "Strontium incorporation during calcite growth: Implications for chemical mapping using friction force microscopy." Chemical Geology, 411, 274-282.


Chair's Corner

Welcome to the Wright State University Chemistry Department website. I am very excited about the recent developments within the department and how this has positioned us for further success. Recently, we have renovated completely the vast majority of our teaching laboratories and all of our research and administrative spaces. The result is a cutting-edge environment for research and teaching. The recent addition of two faculty members and more than fifteen new instruments for teaching and research has bolstered further our capabilities, especially in the nanotechnology and computational arenas. Coupled with our long-standing strengths in applied areas such as macromolecular and environmental chemistries and our strong commitment to the traditional core areas, this provides a unique learning environment.

With 16 faculty, 4 support staff members, 80-100 undergraduate and 30-40 M.S. students annually, the department is sufficiently large to offer a current experience to our students, but small enough to provide an environment where each student is recognized as an individual.

I encourage you explore our website and to visit if you are in the area. I’d be delighted to show you around and tell you more about our programs, faculty and students.

Dr. David Grossie, Department Chair




Congrats from Chemistry

COSM Teaching Innovation Award

Congratulations to Dr. Audrey McGowin  Dr. McGowin was awarded the 2014-15 CoSM Teaching Innovation Award, for her development and implementation of a service learning course that incorporates hands on chemical testing of water out in the local community

Recently Completed Master's Degree

  • Anna Foote
  • Carly Jordan
  • Lainie Jo Mallin
  • Renata Mitton

University Awards to Chemistry Majors:

  • Anna Foote, WSU Graduate School Student Excellence Award