Department News

2022 Departmental Senior Awards

The annual Departmental Senior Awards are presented to students demonstrating excellence in their academic studies in chemistry and/or research in the labs. We are pleased to announce the recipients of Carolina Chemistry’s 2022 Departmental Senior Awards. Click image the learn more...

Celebrated Chemist Frank Ivy Carroll (’61 Ph.D.) Committed to ‘Doing Something Good’

Frank Ivy Carroll (’61 Ph.D.), launched a more than 60-year career in chemistry after obtaining his graduate degree from UNC-Chapel Hill. Click image to learn more...

Jeffrey Dick Receives the 2023 Royce W. Murray Young Investigator Award

Dr. Jeffery Dick, assistant professor of chemistry, receives the 2023 Royce W. Murray Young Investigator Award. Click image to learn more...

Cutting-edge classrooms emerge from pandemic

In overcoming challenges caused by COVID-19, faculty and staff have added and adapted technology to improve learning flexibility in classrooms across campus. Click image to read more...


Photoactivatable Reporter to Perform Multiplexed and Temporally Controlled Measurements of Kinase and Protease Activity in Single Cells

Peptide bioreporters were developed to perform multiplexed measurements of the activation of epidermal growth factor receptor kinase (EGFR), Akt kinase (Akt/protein kinase B), and proteases/peptidases in single cells.

Effects of Ligand Shell Composition on Surface Reduction in PbS Quantum Dots

In this work, we evaluated the impacts of both surface-binding head group and ligand backbone on the properties and reactivity of PbS QDs through a partial exchange of native oleate ligands with undec-10-enoic acid, p-toluate, and undec-10-ene-1-thiol to access mixed-shell QDs.

Enabling practical nanoparticle electrodeposition from aqueous nanodroplets

Historically, the cost of nanodroplet-mediated electrodeposition experimentation is prohibitive because practitioners use 0.1 M to 0.5 M tetrabutylammonium perchlorate (TBAP) dissolved in the oil phase (∼10 mL). Here, we show that supporting electrolyte is not necessary for the oil phase.

A Semiconductor-Mediator-Catalyst Artificial Photosynthetic System for Photoelectrochemical Water Oxidation

In fabricating an artificial photosynthesis (AP) electrode for water oxidation, we have devised a semiconductor-mediator-catalyst structure that mimics photosystem II (PSII).

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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