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. 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.

Dr. Michael Kahl (Golden) successfully defended his dissertation "Electrochemical synthesis and applications of layered double hydroxides and deriviatives" on May 21st, 2015.

UNT Chemistry Faculty appointed NSF Directoy of the Division of Chemistry

Dr. Angela Wilson, UNT Chemistry Regents Professor, will be joining the NSF Directorate for Mathematical & Physical Sciences (MPS) as the Director of the Division of Chemistry.  Shw will begin this position in March 2016.

You can view the official NSF announcement here.

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Ph.D. Student Nick Ross (Chyan) recevied the 2015 SRC Techcon Best in Session Award

The Department of Chemistry is thrilled to announce that Ph.D. student Nick Ross (Chyan) received the 2015 SRC Techcon Best in Session Award at the SRC Techcon 2015 conference in Austin. This award was based on paper, poster presentation and oral presentation. 

Nick Ross is a member of Professor Oliver Chyan's group and the work is sponsored by Freescale Semiconductor, Inc and Semiconductor Research Corporation. 

Also a session winner was UNT material science PhD student Jessica Rimsza.  A total of 4 UNT students were present and 2 won Best in Sessions.

Nick Ross competed with students from Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Texas at Austin and Purdue University.

Way to go, Nick!

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Appreciation Party for former Chair, Dr. Acree

Dr. William Acree stepped down as department chair after 6 years of service.  Chemsitry faculty and staff held a party in his honor on September 14th.  Dr. Acree will return to faculty and teaching Fall 2015.

We wish Dr. Acree all "Greenlight to Greatness" in his future!

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Students Vivian Huynh and Kristina Williams published in Analyst

Current Ph.D. students Vivian Huynh (Golden) and Kristina Williams (Verbeck) were awarded a front page publication in Analyst, a Royal Society of CHemistry publication.  Their article, Investigation of flasified documents via direct analyte-probed nanoextraction coupled to nanoospray mass spectrometry, fluorescence microscopy, and Raman spectroscopy, appears in Analyst, 2015, 140, 6553. 

Congratulations, Vivian and Kristina!

Check out the whole issue here.

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Dr. Guido Verbeck elected Chair of Faculty Senate

Dr. Guido Verbeck, Associate Professor and Undergradute Advisor in the CHemistry Department, was elected Chair of the UNT Faculty Senate on September 9th, 2015.  Dr. Verbeck will serve as the leader of this campus governing body for academic 2015-2016. 

Congratulations, Dr. Verbeck!

Check out the other Faculty Senate Leadership here.

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Seminar Schedules

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