Department of Chemistry

If you want to make a difference through research and study that will prove vital in the future as well as today, consider the Wright State Department of Chemistry undergraduate and graduate degree programs. We hope you will be as excited as we are about recent developments that will help position you and other determined students for future success.

We have completely renovated the majority of our teaching laboratories and all of our research and administrative spaces. These renovations, coupled with a vast collection of advanced instrumentation, will help you become even more imaginative about your career options as you apply your skills in nanotechnology, macromolecular synthesis, environmental sensing, and biomedical synthesis in the workforce.

When you complete your B.S., move set even higher goals and pursue our Master of Science or 4+1 dual degree (B.S./M.S.) graduate programs. Many graduates meet the certification requirements of the American Chemical Society.

Wright State is large enough to offer you a state-of-the-art experience but small enough to provide an environment where you can realize the individual potential we see in you.

Curriculum

You will leave Wright State with a solid foundation in general, analytical, organic, physical, and inorganic chemistry. You will take advanced classes in electroanalytical and environmental chemistry, polymer synthesis and physical properties, chemical spectroscopy, nanochemistry, and crystallography. And you can take advantage of the many unique research opportunities available in undergraduate chemistry.

Areas of Research

  • Analytical chemistry
  • Aqueous geochemistry
  • Atomic force microscopy
  • Cellular automata models
  • Cytotoxicity
  • Electrochemical cyclic polyester control
  • Environmental analysis
  • Environmental chemistry
  • Hydrogen storage computer simulations
  • Inorganic chemistry
  • Inquiry-based technology
  • Laser-excited fluorescence spectroscopy
  • Organic chemistry
  • Organic synthesis
  • Polymer chemistry
  • Polymeric hybrid materials
  • Physical chemistry
  • Raman spectroscopy
  • Research laboratory development
  • Renewable energy alternatives and techniques
  • Surface modified electrodes
  • X-ray diffraction examination

Kara Geremia

Kara Geremia recently completed her master’s degree in computational chemistry from Wright State. She describes computational chemistry as using computers to solve chemical problems that cannot be computed by hand, then shaping a hypothesis based on the solutions.

“I am a non-traditional student who decided I wanted to pursue a career path in chemistry. Ever since I got my first microscope at age 7, I knew I wanted to be a scientist.”

Emilie Partridge

“I am pursuing an honors degree in chemistry with a pre-med emphasis. After graduation, I hope to go to medical school and become a pediatrician. I enjoy volunteering at a free clinic and working with kids. I am in the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and the Dean’s Circle.”

Department News

Chemical reaction

Introductory chemistry labs gleam after modernizing makeover
Renovated chemistry labs in Fawcett Hall feature more open space, a multimedia system, larger fume hoods and greater accessibility for students with disabilities.

College of Science and Mathematics’ Festival of Research to showcase talent

The Festival of Research will showcase Wright State student and faculty research and scholarship on Sept. 20 in the Neuroscience Engineering Collaboration Building.

Chemical properties

Wright State student Catherine Evers Smith is right at home doing research in the chem lab
Wright State senior Catherine Evers Smith is part of a research team that received funding from the National Institutes of Health to work on a novel approach to fight cancer.

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