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.


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

Paying tribute

Marc Porter ’77, ’80 creates a scholarship to honor the late Wright State professor Gordon Skinner
The Gordon B. Skinner Scholarship Fund will support the full cost of tuition for a student enrolled in the College of Science and Mathematics and majoring in chemistry.

Wright State University Foundation awards Students First Fund grants

12 projects selected for the second year of Students First funding
The 12 projects selected for funding will have far-reaching impacts on both the Dayton and Lake campuses.

Wright State alumna returns to campus to present DNA research

Khadijeh Alnajjar gave a seminar presentation to students and faculty in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

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