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The Virginia Tech Department of Chemistry has a rich history, a strong international reputation, and a bright future. Our curricula provide the educational foundation for all Virginia Tech science and engineering students. Our undergraduate and graduate degree programs prepare society's future scientists. Our alumni are gainfully employed in the industrial, government, and academic sectors.  

Prof. Tim Long Named “Virginia Outstanding Scientist for 2015”!

    Tim Long
(March 27, 2015) Timothy E. Long, Professor of Chemistry and Director of the Macromolecules and Interfaces Institute, has been selected as one of three “Virginia Outstanding Scientists for 2015.” Long will be honored by Gov. Terry McAuliffe at a ceremony at the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond on April 2. Says McAuliffe: “The 2015 Virginia Outstanding Scientist recipients are at the forefront of their fields and are recognized for their contributions to future technologies.” Over the past 16 years, Prof. Long has received more than $41 million in research funding and maintains a 20-member, interdisciplinary research group focusing on macromolecular structure and polymerization processes for the development of advanced technologies including drug and gene delivery, sustainable food stocks, adhesives and elastomers, and biomaterials for health and energy. He has over 220 scholarly publications in peer-reviewed journals and is credited for 50+ invention disclosures and patents. As stated by Lay Nam Chang, dean of the College of Science: “Having Tim as part of our team at Virginia Tech provides rich opportunities for multidisciplinary collaboration between departments, and provides our students with instruction and research opportunities available in very few places.”  Read more about Long’s distinguished career here.  CONGRATULATIONS TIM!

Chemistry has been named a "University Exemplary Department" for 2014

    Maggie Bump
    Amanda Morris
    Karen Brewer and Shamindri Arachchige
(January 8, 2015) The Department of Chemistry has been named a "University Exemplary Department" for 2014.  This annual distinction recognizes a department "for effectively developing and sustaining innovative and effective departmental approaches to fostering Ut Prosim (That I May Serve) at the undergraduate or graduate level." This year four faculty were singled out for "actively performing work that is essential for sustaining a truly excellent academic environment": Drs. Karen Brewer (who sadly passed away in late October), Shami Arachchige, Maggie Bump, and Amanda Morris.  The department, which will be honored at a reception later this month, will also receive a cash award that will be used to support the service and outreach activities of the Chemistry Club and Alpha Chi Sigma, as well as promote K-12 outreach efforts.  

Prof. Ed Valeev Awarded the Dirac Medal

    Edward Valeev
(December 10, 2014) Prof. Edward Valeev has been selected to receive the 2015 Dirac Medal, which honors the outstanding computational chemist in the world under the age of 40.  The award is given annually by the World Association of Theoretical and Computational Chemists (WATOC).  Prof. Valeev was recognized for his development of practical methods for predictive descriptions of electrons in molecules. He will receive the medal at the 2017 WATOC Congress in Munich. Prof. Valeev is the second VT faculty member to be honored with a Dirac Medal (Daniel Crawford earned the title in 2010).  Congratulations Prof. Valeev!  

Elements Newsletter Fall 2014

The Fall 2014 issue of Elements is available HERE!


Highlands in Chemistry Seminars

SPRING 2015 SCHEDULE
Fridays, 2:30 PM, 140 Hahn North

April 3
Prof. Jonathan R. Scheerer
William and Mary
“Domino reaction sequences featuring the Diels-Alder cycloaddition of pyrazinone intermediates: synthesis of the [2.2.2]-diazabicyclic skeleton and 2-pyridone alkaloid core from a common intermediate.

The complete Spring 2015 Highlands in Chemistry seminar schedule is available here.