College of Science and Technology

Department of Chemistry

The Department of Chemistry undergraduate and graduate students will study and live in a teaching and research environment that is collegial and contributes to life-long learning. This is possible because the Department of Chemistry has excellent student-professor relationships, outstanding course offerings and excellent instructional and laboratory facilities.

The department offers undergraduate degree programs in chemistry, secondary chemistry education and teaching in chemistry education. The department also offers a Master of Science in chemistry.

Graduates of the program enjoy successful careers in industry, academia and the government. Many of our graduates go on to pursue advanced degree programs at prestigious graduate, dental and medical schools across the country.

Chemistry Department Contacts

Undergraduate Studies, Dr. Marion Franks, (, Room 345, New Science Building, Tel: 336-285-2230. Please click Chemistry Override Form for the override requests.

Graduate Studies,  Dr. Bishnu Bastakoti, (, Room NSB 341, New Science Building, 336-285-2233

Department Chair, Dr. Zerihun Assefa, (, Room 348, New Science Building, Tel: 336-285-2255

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 Recent News

  • Fourteen UG students recieved their BS degrees at the Spring 2023 commencement cermony. Ten of these graduates are part of the 2019 original 30 cohort who finished the program in four years providing a 33% graduation rate. 
  • Professor Debasish Kuila and his colleagues, in collaboration with Caltech, UMich, NCSU, MC, and Dow Chemical recieved funding of $3.125 Million for Non-thermal Plasma-treated Plastics for Catalytic Deconstruction and Upcycling from DOE (DOE-EERE). Dr. Kuila is actively pursuing several research projects in the Chemistry Department at NCAT.
  • Chemistry senior Tanae Lewis did it again with her extraordinary accomplishment of becoming the 2022 Astronaut Scholar. Congratulations Tanae.
  • The Chemistry Department conducted its annual whole day retreat on August 11 at the Proximity Hotel in Greensboro, NC. This provided the opportunity for a fruitful discussion regarding the future direction and expansion of the department's Teaching and Research commitments.
  • Tanae Lewis has been named a 2022 Goldwater Scholar – the fourth to receive the honor in the university’s history. Congratulations Tanae! Click here to read more about the news.
  • A former Chemistry faculty member, Alvin Kennedy shares his experience at North Carolina A&T State University.  "Alvin Kennedy describes his career move to North Carolina A&T State University

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1. New Position--- Research Instrumentation Coordinator. The position will be responsibile for managing laboratory equipment, handling their proper maintenance including preventive and scheduled maintenance, training and proper scheduling of instrumente users etc. Application should be submitted through the above link.  

2. A postdoctoral position is available in the Department of Chemistry, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. The project funded by DOE-BES will involve fundamental research, in collaboration with Caltech (California Institute of Technology), on direct air capture and conversion of CO2 to value-added chemicals. Please refer to the link for more details to submit your applications.

2, Graduate Student Research Assistants

The Department of Chemistry is actively looking for graduate research assistants. Various fundings are available to support graduate students. Please refer here for more details.