Department News

Pedagogical Program Coordinator

The Pedagogical Program Coordinator will provide leadership and direction in the management of our department's chemistry courses and will be responsible for ensuring these classes operate efficiently.

Alex Zhukhovitskiy receives NSF CAREER Award to develop plastics with enhanced properties

Alex Zhukhovitskiy, assistant professor of chemistry, is the recipient of the National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award. The award recognizes individuals who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department.

2021 Fall Banquet Awardees

Carolina Chemistry’s annual Fall Banquet celebrates the achievements and strides made by juniors and seniors majoring in chemistry. Awards are presented to students who demonstrate excellence in their studies and research. Click to view the awardees.

Graduate students pioneer peer mentorship program

Graduate students in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and in the Department of Chemistry pioneered a peer-mentorship initiative, alongside The Graduate School’s professional development program, in order to better serve incoming graduate students.


Machine-Learning-Guided Discovery of 19F MRI Agents Enabled by Automated Copolymer Synthesis

To tackle this challenge in the context of 19F magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) agents, we pursued a computer-guided materials discovery approach that combines synergistic innovations in automated flow synthesis and machine learning (ML) method development.

Quantifying the Effect of Multivalent Ions in Polyelectrolyte Solutions

This analysis shows that (i) there is only a small fraction of free counterions, f* < 12%; (ii) divalent ions have a strong effect on the renormalization of the excluded volume, reducing it by a factor of 2; and (iii) the effect of divalent counterions is much weaker on the renormalization of the Kuhn length, accounting for an increase of up to 10%.

Simultaneous fMRI and fast-scan cyclic voltammetry bridges evoked oxygen and neurotransmitter dynamics across spatiotemporal scales

Here, we propose an experimental setting enabling simultaneous fast-scan cyclic voltammetry (FSCV) and blood oxygenation level-dependent functional magnetic imaging (BOLD fMRI) to measure both local tissue oxygen and dopamine responses, and global BOLD changes, respectively.

Brønsted Acid Catalyzed Stereoselective Polymerization of Vinyl Ethers

Here, we demonstrate the first Brønsted acid catalyzed stereoselective polymerization of vinyl ethers.

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.

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.

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