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.

Green Chemistry Commitment - beyondbenign.orgGreen Chemistry Commitment

Wright State University’s chemistry department is committed to serve our society through employing methods and chemicals that are benign for human health and the environment and contribute to global sustainability. We are a member of the Green Chemistry Commitment community, which requires dedication to these principles in both our curriculum and our research.

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

Success Stories

“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.”

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.”

Department News

Wright State University Foundation welcomes new trustees

Dave Deptula ’80 will serve as chair of the foundation's board
The Wright State University Foundation has appointed six new trustees to its board, effective July 1.

Wright State WestRock Scholars studying quality of Wilmington drinking water sources

WestRock created a research fund in 2020 to support research in sustainability science by Wright State students.

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.

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