Research in the Department of Chemistry at Virginia Tech is innovative, collaborative, and interdisciplinary. Nearly all of our research activities extend beyond conventional boundaries, embracing engineering, biology, medicine and agriculture. The strength of these initiatives has been recognized nationally for many years by the continual presence of special funded programs. Faculty in our department form cross-disciplinary relationships with researchers across campus, the nation, and the world.

Research Areas

Analytical

Analytical chemistry is a strong program in the Department of Chemistry at Virginia Tech. Our research covers the frontier advanced NMR, FTIR, laser and X-ray spectroscopy. Researchers are tackling some of the most puzzling fundamental questions in the energy and environment field. The analytical cluster also enjoys partnerships with a number of national laboratories. 

Matthew Buczynski

Matthew Buczynski

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Tijana Grove

Tijana Grove

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Feng Lin

Feng Lin

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Dr. Gary Long

Gary Long

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Louis Madsen

Louis Madsen

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Amanda Morris

Amanda Morris

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John Morris

John Morris

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Brian Tissue

Brian Tissue

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Drug Discovery, Chemical Biology, and Medicinal Chemistry

The area of drug discovery, including chemical biology and medicinal chemistry, has been a major focus at Virginia Tech for several decades. Students and faculty in this group from a core component of the Virginia Tech Center for Drug Discovery, which integrates dozens of research groups across campus interested in drug design, development, and delivery.

Matthew Buczynski

Matthew Buczynski

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Paul Carlier

Paul Carlier

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Felicia Etzkorn

Felicia Etzkorn

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Richard Gandour

Richard Gandour

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Tijana Grove

Tijana Grove

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Jatinder Josan

Jatinder Josan

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David Kingston

David Kingston

University Distinguished Professor
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Andrew Lowell

Andrew Lowell

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Webster Santos

Webster Santos

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Energy Sciences

Energy Sciences is a rapidly growing area in the Department of Chemistry at Virginia Tech. Our faculty, postdocs, and students are tackling some of the most pressing energy challenges that our Earth faces, ranging from energy harvesting, conversion, and storage. The program enjoys an excellent international reputation in designing novel inorganic and organic energy materials, advanced characterization, and fabrication of novel energy devices. Students are exposed to a world of collaborative opportunities across the globe. 

Feng Lin

Feng Lin

Assistant Professor
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Greg Liu

Guoliang (Greg) Liu

Assistant Professor
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Timothy Long

Timothy Long

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Amanda Morris

Amanda Morris

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Louis Madsen

Lou Madsen

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Robert Moore

Robert Moore

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Judy Riffle

Judy Riffle

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Inorganic

Virginia Tech Chemistry is the home for interdisciplinary inorganic chemistry research. Researchers in this cluster explore the chemical and physical properties of inorganic compounds at all length scales, from small molecules to bulk materials. They are particularly passionate about understanding and improving the properties for catalysis, bioinorganic, magnetism, batteries, and solar cells. Faculty, postdocs, and students enjoy collaborations with national labs, international institutions, and companies. 

Paul Deck

Paul Deck

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Feng Lin

Feng Lin

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Joseph Merola

Joseph Merola

Professor
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Amanda Morris

Amanda Morris

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Gordon Yee

Gordon Yee

Associate Professor
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Nanoscience and Nanomedicine

Virginia Tech offers one of the most comprehensive nanoscience programs in the country. The research covers the design and discovery of nanomaterials, with research topics ranging from synthesis, characterization, processing, to fabrication of nanomaterials for focused application areas such as energy and health care.

Harry Dorn

Harry Dorn

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Tijana Grove

Tijana Grove

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Feng Lin

Feng Lin

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Greg Liu

Greg Liu

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Timothy Long

Tim Long

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John Matson

John Matson

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Amanda Morris

Amanda Morris

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Michael Schulz

Michael Schulz

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Organic

Research in organic chemistry at Virginia Tech covers several areas, including physical organic chemistry, organic synthesis, medicinal chemistry, and chemical biology. The organic groups are tight knit, frequently sharing chemicals and instruments and helping each other move projects forward. Several faculty members in this group are part of the Virginia Tech Center for Drug Discovery, which integrates dozens of research groups across campus interested in drug design, development, and delivery. 

Paul Carlier

Paul Carlier

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Harry Dorn

Harry Dorn

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Felicia Etzkorn

Felicia Etzkorn

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Richard Gandour

Richard Gandour

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Tijana Grove

Tijana Grove

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Jatinder Josan

Jatinder Josan

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David Kingston

David Kingston

University Distinguished Professor
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Andrew Lowell

Andrew Lowell

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John Matson

John Matson

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Judy Riffle

Judy Riffle

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Webster Santos

Webster Santos

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Michael Schulz

Michael Schulz

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Jim Tanko

Jim Tanko

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Physical

With both basic and problem-focused science represented, the Physical Chemistry division is a microcosm of the fruitful dichotomy that is the Chemistry Department at Virginia Tech. Our faculty in the Physical Chemistry division address a wide span of problems, ranging from polymer characterization and analysis, to new techniques to solve the electronic Schrödinger equation.

Daniel Crawford

Daniel Crawford

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Harry Dorn

Harry Dorn

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Alan Esker

Alan Esker

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Louis Madsen

Louis Madsen

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Hervé Marand

Hervé Marand

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Nicholas Mayhall

Nicholas Mayhall

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Robert Moore

Robert Moore

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Jim Tanko

Jim Tanko

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Diego Troya

Diego Troya

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Edward Valeev

Edward Valeev

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Polymer

Virginia Tech boasts one of the best polymer chemistry research and teaching enterprises in the world. Internationally recognized as leaders in polymer research and pedagogy, the polymer division faculty lead a diverse research program with emphases on additive manufacturing, polymer drug delivery, high-performance materials, sustainable polymers, biomedical materials, polymers for energy applications, and novel polymer chemistry.

Paul Deck

Paul Deck

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Alan Esker

Alan Esker

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Harry Gibson

Harry Gibson

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Greg Liu

Greg Liu

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Timothy Long

Tim Long

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Louis Madsen

Louis Madsen

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Hervé Marand

Hervé Marand

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John Matson

John Matson

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Robert Moore

Robert Moore

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Judy Riffle

Judy Riffle

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Michael Schulz

Michael Schulz

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Theory and Computational

Virginia Tech is home to a dynamic community of students, postdocs, and faculty working in theoretical chemistry, with research topics ranging from the very fundamental to the technologically relevant. Special areas of focus involve massive parallelism for high performance computing, accurate theories for molecular property simulations, low-scaling approaches for electron correlation, molecular dynamics simulations, and new methods for strongly correlated systems.

Daniel Crawford

Daniel Crawford

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Nicholas Mayhall

Nicholas Mayhall

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Diego Troya

Diego Troya

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Edward Valeev

Edward Valeev

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