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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CAS Superior Performing Department, with distinguished faculty and professional staff

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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. 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.

Dr. Arindom Goswami (Chyan) successfully defended his dissertation "Fundamental studies of copper corrosion in interconnects fabrication process and spectroscopic investigation of low-k structures" on August 21st, 2015.

Dr. Prabhat Upadhyay (Omary) successfully defended his dissertation " Design synthesis and characterizations of aqueous polymeric hybrid composites and nanomaterials of platinum (II) and gold (I) phosphorescent complexes for sensing and biomedical applications" on August 3rd, 2015.

Dr. Sophia Nduta Kinyanjui (Omary) successfully defended her dissertation “Biological applications of a strongly phosphorescent platinum (II) complex in reactive oxygen species scavenging and hypoxia imaging in caenurhabditis  elegans” on August 3rd, 2015.

Dr. Duong Nguyen (Petros) successfully defended her dissertation “Self-assembly polymeric nanoparticles composed of polymers cross-linked with transition metals for use in drug delivery” on August 3rd, 2015.

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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UNT Chemistry Alum named as a 2015 Piper Professor

Dr. Amina El-Ashmawy (PhD 2006) has been named a 2015 Piper Professor by the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation.  This honor is presented annually to only 10 Texas professors for superior teaching at a college or university.  Dr. El-Ashmawy is a professor of chemistry at Collin College since 1991. 

Dr. El-Ashmawy was the first PhD student of UNT Chemistry Professor Emeritus Dr. Diana Mason. 

More information about Dr. El-Ashmawy's award and the Piper Professor's program can be found here.

Congratulations, Dr. El-Ashmawy!

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UNT Chemistry student Eric Clinch named semifinalist in Siemens Foundation Competition

UNT Chemistry and TAMS student Eric Clinch was named a semifinalist in the Siemens Foundation Competition in Math, Science, & Technology.  Eric submitted his work done in the lab with UNT Chemistry faculty Dr. Paul Marshall, and was selected to be one of 466 semifinalists out of 1800 applicants.  These semi-finalists presented projects that were considered outstanding and notable.

For more information about this award, please visit the Siemens Foundation Competition.

Congratulations, Eric!

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Seminar Schedules

Fall 2015 Seminar Schedule (pdf) (invited speakers) (updated 09/17/15)

New Graduate Student Orientation Week -January 11-15, 2016