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. Amanda Riojas (Wilson) successfully defended her dissertation “Application of the correlation consistent Composite Approach to Biological Systems and Noncovalent Interactions” on Tuesday, December 2.

Dr. Sundari Pokharel (Youngblood) successfully defended her dissertation "Synthesis of Novel Organic Chromophores and Their Characterization" on Tuesday, October 21.

Dr. Li Yang (Richmond) successfully defended his dissertation ""Kinetic Studies on C‐H Bond Activation in the Reaction of Triosmium Clusters with Diphosphine and Amidine Ligands” on Friday, October 10.

Dr. Timothy Stephens (Acree) successfully defended his dissertation “Characterization of Ionic Liquid Solvents using a Temperature Independent, Ion-Specific Abraham Parameter Model” on Monday, July 14.

Dr. Charles Browning (Omary) successfully defended his dissertation “Diimine(dithiolate)platinum (II) Chromophores: Synthesis, Spectroscopy, and Material Applications” on Monday, June 23.

Dr. Cathy Molina (Mason) successfully defended her dissertation "First-Semester General Chemistry Curriculum Comparison of Student Success on ACS Examination Questions Grouped by Topic Following an Atom’s First or Traditional Instructional Approach" on Monday, June 16.

Chemistry Ph.D. students win in the Toulouse Graduate School 2015 Graduate Exhibition

Congratulations to the following students who placed in the Toulouse Graduate School 2013 Graduate Exhibition held on Saturday, March 7, 2015:

Physical and Mathematical Sciences Category:

     First Place: Casey Thurber (Golden)
     Second Place: Phillip Mach (Verbeck) & John Pearson (Wilson)
     Third Place: Vivian Huynh (Golden) & Rebecca Weber (Wilson)

The full list of winners can be found at: http://tsgs.unt.edu/exhibition/2015-winners

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Michael Jones, Ph.D. student in Dr. Wilson’s group, selected as a participant in the 65th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting

Michael Jones, a graduate student in Chemistry, has been selected as a participant in the 65th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting, June 28-July 3, 2015, in Germany.

From Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting website: “Established in 1951 as an initiative for the reconciliation of leading scientists after World War II, the Lindau Meetings have evolved into a unique scientific dialogue platform that fosters the exchange of knowledge across generations, cultures and nationalities”

You can find additional information about the meeting’s history here.

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Casey Thurber, Ph.D. student in Dr. Golden’s group, won the 2015 National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE) Outstanding Student Award.

Congratulations to Casey Thurber, Ph.D. student with Dr. Golden, for winning the 2015 National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE) Outstanding Student Award.

The NACE Foundation Outstanding Student Award was created to recognize exceptional service to NACE International / NACE Foundation, a NACE student chapter, or the ACC Student Sub-committee. To be considered exceptional, the student’s participation must be recognized as significant to the growth of NACE or positively influencing the education of current or future students in the fields of corrosion science and engineering.  The recipient of the Outstanding Student Award receives an honorarium and travel stipend, and receives formal recognition at the NACE Foundation's Tuesday evening event at the annual NACE conference.

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Bin Dong, Ph.D. student in Dr. Kelber’s group, won the 2015 Society of Vacuum Coater Foundation Scholarship (SVC).

Congratulations to Bin Dong, Ph.D. student with Dr. Kelber, for winning the 2015 Society of Vacuum Coater Foundation Scholarship (SVC). In addition to receive the scholarship, Bin is invited to attend the SVC Technical Conference in Santa Clara, CA,  and to present a paper about her work and to learn more about SVC. 

The SVC scholarship recognizes and supports students who have an interest in contributing to the field of vacuum coating technology and whose research related to novel materials development for various applications. The recipient are selected based on their outstanding achievements in research and demonstrated willingness to contribute to vacuum coating technology. The award committee composed of renowned vacuum coating technology experts from the industry and academia.

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Amanda Bowman wins ASMS Graduate Student Award

Congratulations to Amanda Bowman, Ph.D. student with Dr. Verbeck, for winning the 2015 ASMS (American Society of Mass Spectrometry) Graduate Student Award.  The award will be presented during the ASMS 2015 conference in St. Louis, MO.

The ASMS Graduate Student Award recognizes graduate students whose academic achievements and current mass spectrometry research display a high level of excellence and distinction.

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Student Resources

The Spring 2015 New Graduate Student Orientation Schedule is now available (pdf).  Schedule is tentative.  Please check back for updates (last updated 12/10/14).

The Chemistry Resource Center (CRC) is a free tutoring lab available for students enrolled in chemistry classes.  More information can be found at: http://chemistry.unt.edu/undergraduate-program/instructional-resourcesThe Spring 2015 schedule is now available. (pdf)  (updated 2/12/15).

The Computational Chemistry Instructional Laboratory (CCIL) provides computer access to all undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in UNT chemistry courses. CCIL is NOT a General access lab: http://chemistry.unt.edu/undergraduate-program/instructional-resources.  Spring 2014 schedule is now available (pdf) (updated 1/30/14)

Alpha Chi Sigma (AXΣ) - professional chemistry fraternity

Seminar Schedules

Spring 2015 Seminar Schedule (pdf) (invited speakers) (updated 03/23/15)