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March 30 Department Seminar: Dr. Feng Lin @ Innovation Hall 131
Mar 30 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

“Controlling the Surface Chemistry of Cathode Materials for High Energy Rechargeable Batteries”

Dr. Feng Lin, Virginia Tech

Dr. Lin is available to meet with faculty and students from noon to 4:00pm. If you are interested in meeting him, please contact Dr. You at with your preferred meeting time.

Please see Dr. David Calabrese’s abstract

April 6 Department Seminar: Kyung-Hyeon Lee @ Innovation Hall 131
Apr 6 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

“Structural and Enzymatic characterization of Leukotriene A4 hydrolase in complex with 4MDM”

LTA4H binding pocket occupied by 4MDM and PGP J Immunol. 2014 Jun 1; 192(11): 5059–5068.

Kyung-Hyeon Lee

GMU Chemistry Doctoral Candidate (Dr. Mikell Paige, advisor)

April 13 Department Seminar: Saswata Kumar Sahoo @ Innovation Hall 131
Apr 13 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Rational Design of Variants of Short Antimicrobial Peptides derived from Snake Cathelicidin

(Dr. Barney Bishop, advisor)

  • Position Open for Tenure Track Faculty in Physical Chemistry

    The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at George Mason University invites applications from outstanding candidates for a tenure track faculty position in physical chemistry beginning Fall 2017.

    Primary teaching responsibilities will be in undergraduate and graduate level physical chemistry.  All areas of specialization in experimental physical chemistry will be considered, especially those whose research backgrounds include nanomaterials, metamaterials, spectroscopy, crystallography and computational studies.

    Review of applications will begin on February 14, 2017 and continue until the position is filled. 

    Please see full position posting

  • Mikell Paige. Photo by Ron Aira.

    Mikell Paige. Photo by Ron Aira.

    Dr. Mikell Paige wins Early-Career Excellence Award

    Dr. Mikell Paige has been chosen as the winner of the 2016 COS Dean’s Early-Career Excellence Award.  The Early-Career Excellence Award is presented to a tenure-track faculty member in the College who has achieved notable success since January 2016 and has increased the profile of their Department and COS.

    Dr. Paige will receive an honorarium and a plaque at the COS Holiday Reception tomorrow, December 9th, at 3pm in the Exploratory Hall Atrium.  All are invited to attend and join in the festivities and the celebration.

    Keep up the good work! CONGRATULATIONS!

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Department Overview

Undergraduate Programs

The Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry offers not only undergraduate programs leading to the BA and BS degree in Chemistry with optional concentrations in Biochemistry, but also a five-year BS/Accelerated MS degree.

Our comprehensive undergraduate education in chemistry is designed to prepare students for professional careers in chemistry and for advanced studies in chemistry and chemistry-related areas such as environmental science, material science, biochemistry, medicinal chemistry, geochemistry, chemical waste management, pharmacy, forensic chemistry, and chemical engineering.

Students planning medical, dental, or veterinary careers may meet the requirements of these professional schools by majoring in chemistry.

Graduate Programs

The department’s graduate programs provide advanced training for students who are recent college graduates, professionals in teaching, or technical workers in local research organizations. Students select a specialization from the fields of analytical, biological, environmental, inorganic, organic, physical, or computational chemistry.

The graduate chemistry courses for these programs are usually offered during the late afternoon or evening hours for the convenience of students who are employed full-time.

Graduate fellowships and teaching/research assistantships are available to the most qualified of students.


A minimum grade of C is required in all prerequisite chemistry courses. Students failing to meet a prerequisite will get a registration error message that reads “PREREQ and TEST SCORE-ERROR” when attempting to register for advanced courses.

Areas of Research

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Educational Chemistry
  • Electroanalytical Chemistry
  • Environmental Geochemistry
  • Fuel Chemistry
  • Microemulsion Chemistry
  • Nonlinear Optical Chemistry
  • Organic and Polymer Synthesis
  • Solid-State Chemistry
  • Surface Chemistry
  • Theoretical Chemistry


Visitors are always welcome at the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry. Prospective students are especially encouraged to visit the campus; faculty members are happy to discuss academic and career opportunities in Chemistry.

Visit campus to experience the Mason Nation firsthand.

Arrange a department visit by calling the us at 703-993-1070, Monday through Friday, 9:00am to 5:00pm.

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