The synthesis, characterization, and utilization of novel materials occupy a central role in modern science and technology. Materials chemistry is a highly interdisciplinary endeavor, which is exemplified by the diversity of our faculty conducting research in the field.

Graduate Program

Ph.D. and M.Sc. degrees in analytical, inorganic, organic and physical chemistry with concentrations in chemistry education, computational chemistry, organometallic and materials chemistry. Read More


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NSF-REU Program

Summer 2014 program runs June 2-August 8, 2014

A 10-week program that includes hands-on research experience, tours to local companies, and leadership seminars led by former executives of major international chemical companies.  Read more about the NSF-REU program

Recent Ph.D. Recipients

Dr. Manda Phelps Bowman (Verbeck) successfully defended her disseration “Lipidomic Analysis of Single Cells and Organelles using Nanomanipulation Coupled to Mass Spectrometry” on December 7th, 2015

Dr. Tamal Mukherjee (Chyan)successfully defended his dissertation “Investigation of Post-Plasma Etch Fluorocarbon Residue Characterization, Removal and Plasma-induced Low-k Damage for Advanced Interconnect Applications”  on Tuesday, November 24th, 2015.

Dr. Kristina (Charlie) Williams (Verbeck) successfully defended her dissertation “Direct Inject Mass Spectrometry for Illicit Chemistry Detection and Characterization” on Thursday, November 19th, 2015.

Dr. Andrew Mahler (Wilson) successfully defended his dissertation "The One Electron Basis Set: Challenges in Wavefunction and Electron Density Calculations” on Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015.

Dr. Jiaqi Wang (Wilson) successfully defended her dissertation "The impact of computational methods on transition metal-containing species" on October 19th, 2015.

Dr. Charles Peterson (Wilson) successfully defended his dissertation "Accurate Energetic across the Periodic Table via Quantum Chemistry" on October 13th, 2015.

Dr. Rebecca Weber (Wilson) successfully defended her dissertation "Computational Modeling of Small Molecules" on October 12th, 2015.

Dr. Chandra KC (D'Souza) successfully defended his dissertation "Design, synthesis, and study of supramolecular donor-acceptor systems to harvest the light energy by mimicking natural photosynthesis process" on October 14th, 2015.

Farewell Party for Dr. Angela Wilson

Dr. Angela Wilson, Regents Professor of Chemistry, was toasted and wished well at her Farewell Party.  The Chemistry department met to say goodbye, and wish her the best in her new position as the Director of the Division of Chemistry at the National Science Foundation in Washington, D.C.  Dr. Wilson began her career at UNT in 2000, and notably started the CASCAM center (Center for Advanced Scientific Computing and Modeling) at UNT. 

Dr. Wilson, you will be missed greatly by your UNT family, and we wish you all the best in your future!


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UNT Chemistry PhD students mentioned in C&E News

UNT PhD Chemistry students Ethan McBride and Phillip Mach, both students of Dr. Guido F. Verbeck, IV, were highlighted in Chemical & Engineering News, Volume 93, Issue 46.  The article features Dr. Verbeck's research with a mass spectrometer housed in a car and the real-life applications.  As Ethan McBride said, "People have been really excited to hear about this project, and they immediately associate it with the TV show 'Breaking Bad.' "

Click here to read the full article on C&E News.

Congratulations, Ethan, Phillip, and Dr. Verbeck!

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UNT Chemistry Alum named the Professor of the Year!

Dr. Amina Khalifa El-Ashmawy (PhD 2006) is the 2015 U.S. Professor of the Year (the pinnacle award for collegiate teaching) awarded by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).  Amina has taught at Collin College for nearly 25 years. She is a pioneer in developing online chemistry curriculum and taught undergraduate research classes in the college's Center for Advance Studies in Mathematics and Natural Sciences. Outside the classroom, she is a published author with multiple journal articles and textbook credits to her name, including a chapter in the upcoming "Sputnik to Smartphone: A Half-Century of Chemical Education." Dr. El-Ashmawy was also honored as a 2015 Minnie Stevens Piper Professor and the 2014 Outstanding Professor from Collin College.

Dr. El-Ashmawy was the first PhD student of Dr. Diana Mason at the University of North Texas.

Congratulations, Dr. El-Ashmawy!

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Dr. Guido Verbeck, IV, Associate Professor of Chemistry, recognized in UNT Research publication

Dr. Guido Verbeck, Associate Professor of Chemistry, and his portable mass spectrometer are featured in this month's edition of Research, the UNT Research newsletter.  Dr. Verbeck will take the portable mass spectrometer, a car, to UNT's sub-Antartic field station in Chile this December, along with a team of students in his research group.  Read the full article here.

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Chemistry Graduate Students present research at ACS Regional Meeting in Memphis

Chemistry PhD students Ruaa Almotawa (Omary), Quan Jiang (Cundari), Michael Jones (Wilson), Daniel Korir (Omary), Prajay Patel (Wilson), Gustavo Salazar (Omary), and Waleed Yaseen (Omary), traveled to the 71st SRWM/67th SERMACS meeting in Memphis, TN.  They were selected to present their research as poster presentations and seminar talks. 

Their abstracts may be found on the ACS meeting website.

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