Collaboration is critical to breakthroughs in research. In the Chemistry Department, close-knit teams of faculty members and students motivate each other toward new discoveries. From studying mutated proteins that cause birth defects to creating biodegradable and green solutions for the environment, our researchers work every day on solutions that have an immediate and lasting impact on the world.

Chemistry students often tell us how much they enjoyed their research experiences. With a large faculty who are generous with their time and projects, the department offers one-of-a-kind lab opportunities for students from undergraduate through postgraduate levels. Students on small research teams enjoy a collegial community and the opportunity to build lifelong connections in the scientific world. And our students have been published in national publications, presented at conferences and even contributed their names to patents for inventions.




Research Areas 

Our faculty each have distinct areas of expertise within the chemistry discipline, and lead research teams corresponding to their expertise. Undergraduate and graduate students are engaged collaborators in their work.



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Carly Filgueira with Dr. Houston Miller

"Professor Houston Miller saw my passion and commitment for research and cultivated and supported it."

Carly Filgueira
BS ’03
2018 Seminar Speaker

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Research News


Pesticides being sprayed on a field

Chemistry Researchers Develop Tool for Safer Pesticides

Researchers at GW's Columbian College of Arts and Sciences (CCAS) have developed a new computational approach to rapidly screen pesticides for safety, performance and how long they endure in the environment. The new approach will aid in the design of next-generation molecules to develop safer pesticides. Jakub Kostal, an assistant professor of chemistry, is the principal investigator on the project. 

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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.