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Department of Chemistry

Department of Chemistry

Areas of faculty study include general, organic, medicinal, physical, analytical, and inorganic chemistry, as well as biochemistry and earth science.

Approved by the American Chemical Society, the department offers programs leading to the following degrees:

Students in the MS Program are supported by teaching assistantships or stipends from research grants. Washington, DC, is a center for scientific research, and our students have the opportunity to attend seminars and use the research facilities at area laboratories such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) (formerly the National Bureau of Standards).

Students Run the Labs around Here!


AU Chemistry undergrads not only redesign their own research projects. They reshape the courses every year.

Courses & Rotation

For upcoming class offerings, times, and open sections,
please see Eagleservice.

For all chemistry course descriptions, please see the AU Catalog.

Course Rotation

CHEM-415 Advanced Physical Chemistry (3) is usually offered alternate falls (even years).

CHEM-440 Advanced Analytical Chemistry (3) is usually offered alternate springs (even years).

CHEM-450 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (3) is usually offered alternate springs (odd years).

CHEM-481 Experimental Chemistry I (3) is usually offered alternate falls (even years).

CHEM-482 Experimental Chemistry II (3) is usually offered alternate springs (odd years).


Stefano Costanzi: Complex Problems Seminar,


Professor Stefano Costanzi on the threat of chemical weapons.

Chemistry of Cooking

Professor Matt Harting introduces the course on chemistry of cooking. 


News & Notes

Hanning Chen received $75,000 from George Washington University for “Nanomechanics and Electronic Structure of Organic Photovoltaics in Real Application Conditions by Advanced Scanning Probe Microscopy.”

Stefano Costanzi received an award of $140,000 from The Henry L. Stimson Center for his project called "Cheminformatics Tool to Bolster the Control of Chemical Warfare Agents and Precursors."

Raychelle Burks spoke about the underrepresentation of women in the field of science, sexism, racism and invisibility in the documentary, Picture a Scientist.

Arianna Lopez, CAS/BS ’20, was awarded the Fletcher Scholar Award for 2020.

Alexander G. Zestos received an award through the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies® (BRAIN) Initiative.

Alexander G. Zestos was selected as an Emerging Investigator by the Royal Society of Chemistry for his recent publication in their journal, Analytical Methods.

Arianna Lopez, CAS/BS ’20, was profiled by American magazine in "A Balancing Act."

Students working on carbon electrodes in Prof. Zestos' lab.

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