Department News

Francis Lauzier ’21 presents poster at the Biophysical Society Annual Meeting in San Diego

Carolina junior, Francis Lauzier, is pursuing a B.S. in Chemistry, with a focus in biochemistry. Recently, Lauzier presented a poster on Polyethylene Glycol Size and Protein-Complex Stability at the Biophysical Society Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA.

COVID-19 Updates

The Department's response to COVID-19

Frank Leibfarth wins Cottrell Scholar Award

UNC Chemistry’s Frank Leibfarth, is a recipient of the 2020 Cottrell Scholar Award.

Frank Leibfarth wins Sloan Fellowship

UNC Chemistry’s Frank Leibfarth, is a recipient of the 2020 Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship.


Engineered eReader

In an article selected for the anniversary issue cover of ACS Chemical Biology, members of the Waters Group describe engineered chromodomains...

Cystic Fibrosis

Researchers in the Schoenfisch Group have employed a simplified diffusion cell methodology to measure the diffusion coefficient...

Nitric Oxide Delivery

Nitric oxide, NO, is a broad-spectrum antibacterial agent, making it an attractive alternative to traditional antibiotics for treating infections. To date...

Ameliorating Toxicity

Regorafenib, Stivarga, is an oral small molecule kinase inhibitor used to treat metastatic colorectal cancer, hepatocellular carcinomas, and gastrointestinal stromal tumors...

Bacterial Virulence

The Pseudomonas virulence factor, pvf biosynthetic operon has been implicated in bacterial virulence and signaling. Gina Morgan in the Li Lab, led a team...

Ammonium Synthesis

The direct scission of the triple bond of dinitrogen, N2, by a metal complex is an alluring entry point into the transformation of N2 to ammonia, NH3, in molecular catalysis...

Drug Screening Platform

Many potential chemotherapeutics fail to reach patients. One of the key reasons is that compounds are tested during the drug discovery stage in two-dimensional cell cultures...

Molecular Catalysts

Studying the formation of transition metal hydride complexes via proton-coupled electron transfer is important for developing next-generation molecular catalysts...

Our Faculty

Faculty in the Department of Chemistry at the University of North Carolina, help define solutions to the pressing scientific problems of the day. A significant, and key, component of our department’s strategic plan is to cultivate the next generation of scientific leadership. Faculty, from our assistant professors to our most senior and distinguished colleagues, are international

leaders in their subfields, garnering local, national, and international recognition and accolades commensurate with their excellence in research and teaching.

Below is a sampling of our fantastic faculty colleagues. Please navigate to the menu above for the complete roster

Scott Warren


Kevin Weeks


Matthew Redinbo


Jeff Aube


Joseph Templeton


Joseph DeSimone


Wei You


Frank Leibfarth


Joshua Beaver


Matthew Lockett


Yosuke Kanai


David Nicewicz


Our Graduate Students

Our graduate students form the next generation of scientific leaders. As a department, we seek to recruit and mentor a diverse cohort of students dedicated to excellence in the classroom and research laboratory.

The creativity, drive, collegiality, and accomplishments of our graduate students in tackling difficult scientific problems are significant reasons why UNC is an international leader in chemical research.