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Sent exclusively to alumni, the Department of Chemistry's newsletter features alumni and department updates, as well as event information. If you are one of our alumni, update your contact information with the GW Office of Alumni Relations to start receiving this and other exclusive alumni benefits. And don’t forget to send an email to the department with your life updates for future newsletters.


Latest Issues: 2021, Fall 2020, Spring 20202019, 2018, 2017


Seminar Series


We welcome visiting speakers on Fridays throughout the school year. Hear chemists from top agencies and research universities as well as GW’s own chemistry graduate students discuss their scientific breakthroughs.


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Chemistry Department News

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Green Chemistry Forges Path Forward

Adelina Voutchkova-Kostal, an associate professor of chemistry and co-director of GW’s Environmental Green Chemistry Graduate Program, is taking the lead to address challenges in the classroom and through her National Science Foundation-funded research to devise an environmentally safe process for converting wood into chemicals.

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Alumna Makes Headlines with New Research

Chemistry alumna Alex Evans, BS '20, MFS '21, alerted first responders with her research on a new synthetic opioid in the District that may be resistant to the antidote Narcan. She was featured in WTOP News, FOX 5 D.C. and published in the ScienceDirect journal.

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Fall 2021 Welcome Message From the Chair

Dear GW Chemistry Community:
Welcome to another academic year here at the GW Chemistry Department. I am delighted to kick off the fall semester and recall our usual course offerings, research opportunities, seminar series, retreat and other activities, but also want to take a moment to reflect on our current environment and to recognize that many of us may be experiencing virtual learning and current events very differently.

Messages From the Chair

Read the latest messages from the chair of the Department of Chemistry.