Where We Are

 

Rooted in the nation’s capital, the Department of Chemistry is a lightning rod for scientific opportunity. Faculty and students enjoy the benefits of partnerships with laboratories, museums and funding agencies in the Washington, D.C., area.

Graduates have gone on to positions at the American Chemical Society, the Department of Homeland Security, the EPA, the FDA and NASA Goddard Space Center, to name just a few.

Three-dimensional screenshot of GW's campus from the virtual tour program.

 

 


"Top students and faculty want to be in a space where they are surrounded not only by the most modern equipment but also by other people who are making science happen."

Michael King

Department Chair
Professor of Chemistry


Science and Engineering Hall

GW Science and Engineering Hall

 

800 22nd St. NW, Suite 4000
Washington, DC 20052
202-994-6121

The Science and Engineering Hall on the Foggy Bottom Campus houses state-of-the-art laboratories, lecture halls and core facilities. The building includes 500,000 square feet of teaching and research space and an open layout that encourages cross-disciplinary collaboration — as well as easy access between students and faculty.

This building also houses our Nanofabrication and Imaging Center. There, students work with the latest equipment in light microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, focused ion beam scanning electron microscopy and more.


Virginia Science and Technology Lab

Virginia Science and Technology Campus

 

Exploration Hall
20101 Academic Way
Ashburn, VA 20147

The GW Virginia Science and Technology Campus (VSTC) is a 122-acre, world-class facility in Northern Virginia's technology corridor. The campus brings together 17 centers, institutes and laboratories conducting research in many growing fields. Inside VSTC’s Exploration Hall, a 77,000 square-foot research lab and classroom facility, the chemistry department conducts prize-winning research on low-energy, low-cost solutions to CO2 emissions.

 


Visit the Department of Chemistry

We encourage visitors to stop by in person to meet our faculty, learn about our research and tour our facilities. Contact us for more information.

By Car

Please use the visitor parking garage below the Science and Engineering Hall. The entrance is on H Street between 22nd and 23rd streets.

By Metro

Take the orange, blue or silver line to Foggy Bottom Metro. The building is a block from the Metro entrance.

By Car

There is a parking lot available to visitors. Exploration Hall is a four-story brick building.

By VSTC Express Shuttle (free for GWorld card holders)

The shuttle picks up passengers on the Foggy Bottom Campus in front of Funger Hall, 2201 G St. NW.

View VSTC Express schedule

By Wiehle Express Shuttle (free for GWorld card holders)

The shuttle picks up passengers at the Wiehle Reston East Metro Station, South Bus Bay P.

View Wiehle Express schedule

 


Happening in Our Labs

Akos Vertes holding a hand-held chip device

Identifying Invisible Chemical Threats

At the Vertes lab in the Science and Engineering Hall, Professor of Chemistry Akos Vertes developed a hand-held chip device that can detect tiny amounts of material in urine, saliva or blood, which could lead to early detection of conditions like diabetes or heart disease. The device can even locate cancer tumors. The technology was funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and $14.6 million from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.
Dr Stuart Licht

Finding Global Warming Solutions

Based out of VSTC, Professor of Chemistry Stuart Licht’s research lab is developing a comprehensive solution to climate change. Licht has found a way to extract carbon dioxide from the air and transform it into a manufacturing material using sunlight, air and water — with little or no carbon footprint. The Licht team was named a finalist in the $20 million international NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE competition.