Welcome to the NC State Department of Chem­istry. Our award-winning re­search­ers and teachers guide stu­dents through a broad, rigorous curri­cu­lum, and our grad­uates have been highly suc­cess­ful in both aca­demia and in­dus­try. Our re­search pro­grams cover a di­verse spec­trum including analytical, inorganic, organic, physical, biological, polymers, materials, nanoscience, theoretical, and magnetic resonance.


Contact Information

Undergraduate studies and enrollment assistance:
Katie Elliott


Graduate studies:
Maria Moreno


Dabney Hall, Room 208, Box 8204
2620 Yarbrough Drive, Raleigh, NC 27695-8204

Hours of Administrative offices:
8am-5pm, M-F

Phone: (919) 515-2355
Fax: (919) 515-5079

News & Events

View all posts

Eric Alexy receives NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Eric Alexy, a senior in the Lindsey lab, was awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship to support his academic and research pursuits in graduate school. Eric will attend CalTech in the fall and hopes to pursue his Ph.D. with Dr. Brian Stoltz. The purpose of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is to help ensure the vitality and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce of the United States. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees in science and engineering. The GRFP provides three years of support for the graduate education of individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant achievements in science and engineering. Posted April 14, 2015

Matthew Boudreau receives Honorable Mention as Goldwater Scholar

Matthew Boudreau, a junior in the Pierce lab, recently was recognized as a 2015 Goldwater Honorable Mention. The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program was established by Congress in 1986 to honor Senator Barry Goldwater, who served his country for 56 years as a soldier and statesman, including 30 years of service in the U.S. Senate. The purpose of the Foundation is to provide a continuing source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers by awarding scholarships to college students who intend to pursue research careers in these fields. Matthew was one of only three NC State students that were recognized nationally. Posted April 14, 2015

Lucia elected as an ACS Councilor

Lucian Lucia has just been elected an ACS Councilor to represent Members at the Division level (CELL, 2015-2017). He solicits feedback from any and all Members regardless of Division or local affiliation to ensure that the voice of our members is heard. Please send all ideas, suggestions, and criticisms to lalucia@ncsu.edu. Posted April 6, 2015

2015 Poster Session winners

At the 2015 annual Department of Chemistry poster session, the winners of the poster judging by category are:

  • Bio-analytical/physical: Jing Zhao and Tao Jin;
  • Organic/Chemical Education: Chris Brackett and Kimberly Castelli;
  • Inorganic: Alyson Rice and Zahirul Sohang.
The Caitlin, Erin and Jocelyn Muddiman Award for Outstanding and Creative Research was awarded to Yasamin Moazami. The Excellence in Organic Chemistry Award in Honor of Professor Daniel Comins winner was Bérénice C. Lemercier. And Bradley L. Carpenter was awarded the BASF Innovative Graduate Research Award. Click here for a detailed listing. Posted March 17, 2015

Comins selected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Professor Daniel Comins has achieved Fellow status in the Royal Society of Chemistry. Fellows must have made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of the chemical sciences. As a Fellow, Dr. Comins is entitled to use the designatory letters FRSC after his name. He will be included in a list of recently admitted Fellows, which will be published in The Times (London) newspaper in the near future. Dr. Comins is also a Fellow of the American Chemical Society. Posted March 9, 2015

Franzen group publishes mid-infrared plasmonics breakthrough

A Nature Materials paper from the Franzen laboratory and collaborators Edward Sachet and Jon-Paul Maria in Materials Science and Engineering at NCSU describes a breakthrough in mid-infrared plasmonics. The novel material that a group of Chemists, Materials Scientists and Physicists have helped to design and test was predicted to be possible in two papers published by the Franzen group in 2002. Posted February 28, 2015

Lucia Receives Two Honors

Dr. Lucian Lucia was recently designated a Fulbright US Scholar Grantee to conduct green chemistry-based teaching and research in one or more Universities in Brazil for up to four months during 2015-2016. He has also chosen as a High-end Foreign Expert by the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs (China) in which he will conduct research at Jiangnan University (Wuxi, China) for part of 2015. The latter award recognizes non-Chinese scientists who have demonstrated significant research accomplishments in a specific area. Posted February 20, 2015

Whangbo selected as Associate Editor of Journal of Superconductivity and Novel Magnetism

Professor Mike Whangbo has been selected as the Associate Editor of Journal of Superconductivity and Novel Magnetism. This journal, according to their website, "publishes peer-reviewed original papers, conference proceedings and review articles examining all aspects of superconductivity, including new materials, new mechanisms, basic and technological properties, new phenomena, and various-scale applications. The rapidly expanding field of novel magnetism is also featured in the journal. Coverage focuses on such topics as spintronics, magnetic semiconductors, properties of magnetic multilayers, magnetoresistive materials and structures, and magnetic oxides." Posted February 19, 2015

Pierce receives NSF CAREER Award

Assistant Professor Joshua Pierce has received a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF). This award is one of the highest awards the foundation bestows upon young faculty in the sciences. The five-year award will support Dr. Pierce's research project entitled "Novel Methods for the Stereoselective Synthesis of Nitrogen Containing Heterocycles." More on this news story can be found here: https://sciences.ncsu.edu/news/nc-state-chemist-receives-nsf-career-award/
Posted February 19, 2015

Muddiman elected as Editor of Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry journal

Professor David Muddiman has been elected as Editor of the journal, Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry (ABC). ABC is an internationally recognized journal which publishes high quality, inter-disciplinary research ranging from fundamental analytical chemistry measurements to contemporary applications. Learn more at http://www.springer.com/chemistry/analytical+chemistry/journal/216
Posted February 19, 2015

Bereman receives 2015 ASMS Research Award

Alumus Dr. Michael Bereman, (PhD, 2009 under Dr. Dave Muddiman) has received the 2015 American Society for Mass Spectrometry (ASMS) Research Award. This is a highly competitive and prestigious national award bestowed upon early-stage faculty members to promote academic research in mass spectrometry. The award comes with a $35,000 gift to his research program. Dr. Bereman is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at NCSU and part of the Environmental Health Science faculty cluster initiative. Posted February 19, 2015

Muddiman receives 2015 Chemical Instrumentation Award

Professor David Muddiman has been selected as the recipient of the 2015 Chemical Instrumentation Award, sponsored by the Analytical Division of the American Chemical Society. This is a highly prestigious national award that is bestowed upon the best in the field who have demonstrated innovative use or development of unique instrumentation, stimulation of other researchers in chemical measurement, and/or authorship of influential papers in the field of measurement. Posted February 9, 2015

Comins Accepts Membership on Advisory Board of the World Academy of Chemistry

Dr. Dan Comins was selected as a permanent member of the Global Advisory Board of the World Academy of Chemistry. This organization aims to bring together international scientists, academics and researchers in chemistry on a worldwide basis for the development of chemistry toward the advancement of all peoples of the world. Professor Comins is currently President of the International Society of Heterocyclic Chemistry and Associate Editor of the ACS Journal of Organic Chemistry. Posted January 27, 2015

Dr. Comins is co-organizer of the 2015 ISHC Congress to be held in Santa Barbara, CA, August 23-28, 2015

The International 2015 ISHC Congress will be held in beautiful Santa Barbara, CA, August 23-28. http://www.ishc-web.org/ If you are involved in Heterocyclic Chemistry, please consider attending this conference and joining the ISHC. Posted January 26, 2015

Dr. Alex Smirnov to organize symposium at PACIFICHEM 2015

Dr. Alex Smirnov is organizing a symposium Dec 15-20, 2015 titled "Nitroxide Radicals: Synthesis and Functional Bio-/Nanomaterials" at the 2015 International Chemical Congress of Pacific Basin Societies. More details can be found here. Posted December 9, 2014

Dr. Maggard's students win awards at recent joint conference

Two graduate students in the research group of Dr. Paul Maggard won three awards at the recent joint conference of the Materials Research Society – North Carolina Section, ASM International – Carolinas Central Chapter, and the American Vacuum Society – Mid Atlantic Chapter.

  • Nacole King won Best Paper for "Copper Deficiency in the p-Type Semiconductor Cu1-xNb3O8," Chem. Mater. 2014, 26(6), 2095-2104.

  • Jonathan Boltersdorf won the H. H. Stadelmaier Award for excellence awarded in the area of X-ray diffraction and metallurgy, awarded by the American Society for Metals (ASM). He also won the 2nd place research poster presentation award.

View the image gallery here. Posted December 9, 2014

NC American Chemical Society poster award winners

Congratulations to the poster award winners at the North Carolina American Chemical Society local section meeting held on November 7, 2014 at Duke University.

  • Honorable Mention
    Ian Sullivan, North Carolina State University
    (Advisor: Dr. Paul Maggard)
    "Cu Deficiency in the p-Type Semiconductor Cu5-xTa11O30: Structural, Optical, and Photoelectrochemical Impacts"

  • Honorable Mention
    Sriparna Mukherjee, North Carolina State University
    (Advisor: Dr. Elena Jakubikova)
    "Cyclometalated Fe(II) Complexes as Photosensitizers"

Posted December 9, 2014

Dr. Gallardo-Williams to develop online book for Alt-Textbook program

Congratulations to Dr. Maria Gallardo-Williams for her successful proposal to the Alt-Textbook program. Sponsored by the NCSU Libraries, the Alt-Textbook grant project is a competitive grant to adopt, adapt, or create free or low-cost alternatives to expensive textbooks in the classroom. Maria will develop an online "book" of student-generated materials to be used in the Science and Engineering (S&E) sections of the organic chemistry labs.

This virtual book will house the videos and other student-generated materials for the S&E labs. Instead of a list of videos, a visual resource such as a decision tree will be created to assist students in site navigation. Student submissions will be added using an open editing model, and other student-generated materials will then be linked to enhance the site and make it more complete while keeping it easy to navigate. The book will constantly evolve and remain available to students, as the techniques learned in these labs will be useful in their upper level lab courses and research. Posted November 19, 2014

Drs. Lash and Dubroy honored at NOBCChE conference, will sponsor 5 student memberships

Dr. Tiffani (Bailey) Lash (Ph.D. 2007, Gorman) and Dr. Tashni-Ann (Coote) Dubroy (Ph.D. 2006, Shultz) were honored at the NOBCChE conference this year as part of a segment on women scientists blending science and entrepreneurship. C&EN captured the moment in their digital and print media. Please see a link to the article here. The Department is also pleased to announce that Drs. Lash and Dubroy will also sponsor 5 student NOBCChE memberships. This is an excellent network for graduate and undergraduate students. Posted November 18, 2014

Dave Shultz to co-chair a Telluride Science Research Center workshop

Dave Shultz will be co-chairing a Telluride Science Research Center workshop entitled "Zero-Field Spin Effects in Molecular Systems," June 23-27, 2015. For workshop, venue and meeting details, view the workshop description. Also see the full listing of 2015 TSRC workshops and conferences. Posted November 18, 2014

Applications open for 2015 Summer REU program

Applications are now open for the 2015 NCSU Summer REU program. For more information see: http://www.ncsu.edu/chemistry/chemreu/
Posted November 3, 2014

NCSU and UNC-Charlotte Chemistry organize NC Photochem 2014

The 2014 NC Photochem Symposium took place at the campus of North Carolina State University on October 11, 2014. This was the second in the NC Photochem symposium series, with the inaugural one hosted by UNC-Charlotte last year. The goals of the symposium are to foster new connections and collaborations among the photochemistry researchers at NCSU, UNC Charlotte and other local institutions, to broadly strengthen the photochemical sciences in North Carolina, and to provide students and researchers the opportunities to present their work in a collaborative environment. The meeting was organized by a group of researchers from NCSU (Profs. Jakubikova, Ison, and Weare) and UNC-Charlotte (Profs. Jones and Walter).

This year's symposium was attended by approximately 100 researchers from nine different institutions across North and South Carolina as well as Virginia. The symposium included nine invited talks, and two lively poster sessions. Forty-five students took part in the competition for the best undergraduate and graduate poster. The best poster awards went to Christian Chamberlayne from the College of William and Mary (best undergraduate poster), Robin Knauf from UNC-Chapel Hill (best graduate poster), Jonathan Boltersdorf from NCSU (2nd place, graduate poster competition), and David Bowman from NCSU (3rd place, graduate poster competition). The symposium was supported by the NCSU Chemistry Department, Edinburgh Instruments, and the North Carolina Section of the American Chemical Society.

NC Photochem 2015 will take place at UNC-Charlotte in October 2015. Posted October 30, 2014

View all posts