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July 20, 2018

Alumnus Paul Hackley wins Ralph Gray Award

Paul Hackley, who earned his Ph.D. from George Mason University, has won the the Ralph Gray Award from the Society for Organic Petrology for the best 2018 paper in Coal and Organic Petrology.

Paul’s paper was titled  Understanding and distinguishing eflectance measurements of solid bitumen and vitrinite using hydrous pyrolysis: Implications to petroleum assessment (American Association of Petroleum Geologists Bulletin, 2017, Volume 102 (6), p. 1119–1140). Read his paper here.

CONGRATULATIONS!   This is an outstanding accomplishment when a scientist is recognized for the hard work and dedication to the profession.

Paul earned his Ph.D. in 2017 advised by Dr. Robert Honeychuck on “Using Hydrous Pyrolysis, Organic Petrography and Micro-Spectrometry to Understand Solid Bitumen and Kerogen Evolution in the Early Oil Window ”  He currently works as a research geologist at the U.S. Geological Society.


June 5, 2018

Students Present at MARM ACS

We had a record number of students present at the American Chemical Society’s 46th Mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting.  Congratulations to the student presenters whose posters were accepted, and congrats to their advisors! View all poster titles.

Dr. Robin Couch
Allyson Dailey
Grey Madison
Syeda Fatima Zaidi
Zachary Beaulac
Sean Cronin
Misgina B Girma
Hameed Khan
Haley Ball
Dr. Barney Bishop
Amy Cafagno
Dr. Gregory Foster
Arion Leahigh
Elizabeth Lang
Carol Ajjan

Grey Madison

Haley Ball

Allyson Dailey

Hameed Khan, Misgina Girma, and Sean Cronin

Zachary Beaulac

Syeda Fatima Zaidi

June 5, 2018

George Mason Chemistry welcomes Dr. Xiaoyan Tan

The Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry gladly welcomes Dr. Xiaoyan Tan as the newest member of the department. Dr. Tan will join us in August 2018 as an Assistant Professor of Inorganic/Materials Chemistry. Her research lab will be in Planetary Hall.

Dr. Tan is currently a postdoctoral fellow in Inorganic Chemistry at Rutgers University, working on functional thermoelectric and multiferroic materials. She has published 11 papers in peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of the American Chemical Society, Chemistry of Materials, Inorganic Chemistry, Physical Review B, the Journal of Solid State Chemistry, and Cryst. Eng. Comm. She received the 2017 Division of Inorganic Chemistry Young Investigator Award from the American Chemical Society. Dr. Tan earned a Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry (2016) from Florida State University, a M.S. in Inorganic Chemistry (2011) from the University of Science and Technology of China (Hefei, China), and a B.S. in Applied Chemistry (2008) from the Department of Applied Chemistry from Hefei University of Technology (Hefei, China).

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Prospective students are especially encouraged to visit the campus; faculty members are happy to discuss academic and career opportunities in Chemistry.

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Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry 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, Analytical Chemistry, and Environmental Chemistry, 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.

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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.

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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
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