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.
Chemistry has been named a "University Exemplary Department" for 2014
(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
(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!
The MII Has a New Director!
(October 29, 2014) Prof. Timothy E. Long has been named Director of Virginia Tech's Macromolecules and Interfaces Institute
(MII). The MII was founded 10 years ago to harness the university’s scientific and engineering expertise in polymers — crucial materials in the multi-billion dollar chemical and manufacturing industries. Prof. Long will lead in efforts to leverage the capabilities and infrastructure of the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science
to identify new opportunities for polymer research at the intersection of science and engineering. (more on Prof. Long's new role