Department of Chemistry

Feb. 19 - Voices of Discovery with Nancy Allbritton

Voices of Discovery Science Speaker Series brings UNC Kenan Professor Nancy Allbritton to McCrary Theatre, Monday, Feb. 19 at 7 p.m.

Dabrowski research group presents at SERMACS

SURE student Jenny Kane '18 and Assistant Professor of Chemistry Jen Dabrowski presented their research on conversion of biorenewable resources to fine chemicals at the annual Southeast Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society (SERMACS) in Charlotte, N.C.

Gut instinct: Lumen Scholar’s research explores the link between the brain and the microbiome of the gut 

Alex Ball ’17 is among the recipients of the Lumen Prize, which provides selected students with a $15,000 scholarship and celebrates their academic and creative accomplishments.


Vickie Moore appointed to the Education and Professional Development committee for ASBMB

Victoria Del Gaizo Moore, associate professor of chemistry, was appointed to the Education and Professional Development committee for the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in September.  


Study abroad experience inspires alumna to pursue medical degree in Germany

A member of the Class of 2016, Alyssa Romano started medical school this summer in Tübingen, Germany. 

Elon mourns the death of Ruth Cheek

The retired assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry died Sept. 20.

Chemistry students receive national recognition for excellence in research 

Stefanie Miller '17 and Mary Alice Allnutt '18 received awards from the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and the National Institutes of Health, respectively.

Opening Doors: Elon alumnus endows scholarship to help students now

The Charles C. Springs '69 Endowed Scholarship is an estate gift made possible by a new Blended Giving  program at Elon.

Elon University bestows its highest honor – the Elon Medallion — upon five

Elon President Leo M. Lambert presented the medallion to five retired faculty and staff members for their meritorious service to the university during an event marking the start of a new academic year. The university also recognized four endowed professorships and two longtime professors were named Distinguished University Professors. 

Matera named to Rawls endowed professorship

Kathy Matera, a professor of chemistry, will spend the next two years as the Japheth E. Rawls Professor for Undergraduate Research in Science. 

Dabrowski research featured on Organic Chemistry Portal

A manuscript coauthored by Jen Dabrowski, assistant professor of chemistry, on conversion of sugars was featured as an Organic Chemistry Highlight on Organic Chemistry Portal.

Clar publishes article on carbon nanotubes

Assistant Professor of Chemistry Justin Clar has published a research article on  the absorption of surfactant molecules to single-wall carbon nanotubes. 

Chemistry Department celebrates student excellence

The chemistry department hosted its annual picnic and awards ceremony on Monday, May 8, and recognized outstanding achievements and academic excellence.

Elon's 2017 faculty retirees recognized

At the annual Faculty/Staff Lunch on May 10, the Elon community honored six faculty members who are retiring his year. 

Biochemistry faculty and students, physical therapy education faculty attend national Experimental Biology conference in Chicago

Experimental Biology is the annual meeting of six societies comprised of more than 14,000 scientists and 50 guest societies.

Elon mourns the passing of Professor Emeritus Paul Cheek

Cheek, who faithfully served Elon for more than three decades in the Department of Chemistry, died May 2.

Chemistry faculty, students attend national American Chemical Society conference in San Francisco

Six faculty and 11 students from the Department of Chemistry attended the national meeting in early April, giving a total of thirteen presentations.

ACSSA garners recognition at Relay for Life

Elon names 2017 Lumen Scholars

The university's top award comes with $15,000 to support and celebrate academic and creative achievements.

Dabrowski awarded American Chemical Society national travel award

Assistant Professor Jen Dabrowski garnered her travel award from the ACS DOC to present at the 253rd national American Chemical Society conference.

Young alumni excellence recognized with Top 10 Under 10 Awards

The awards program highlights and celebrates alumni who have graduated within the past decade and who are distinguished in their professions and invested in the future of Elon and their community.

Grounded in science: Alum leading the way in development of vaccine for cancer

Geoffrey Lynn ’07 hopes to bring benefits to cancer patients and their families with a new personalized cancer vaccine.

Noyce Program accepting applications for paid summer STEM internships

The Elon Noyce Scholars Program is accepting applications for summer education internships from current first-year students and sophomores who are interested in STEM fields.

Chemistry professor publishes catalysis research

Jen Dabrowski publishes research article on delineating the role of B–Si-based catalysts in selective transformations of an unsaturated class of carbohydrates.

Chemistry student presents at SERMACS

Elon College Fellow, chemistry major and senior Amanda Brechbill was selected to present her research at the 68th annual Southeast Regional American Chemical Society meeting.


Homecoming kicks off with Alumni Awards ceremony

Seven distinguished alumni received the 2016 Alumni Awards on Oct. 21 in recognition for their professional achievements, leadership and service to society

Chemistry professor selected for national new faculty workshop

Assistant Professor Jen Dabrowski participated in the 2016 Cottrell Scholars Collaborative new faculty workshop. 

Teaching the teachers: Elon faculty share STEM study ideas with local educators

The day-long professional development workshop for area teachers was supported by a grant from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations. 

Journal article highlights findings of Elon chemistry professor's research

Assistant Professor Jen Dabrowski has published a research article on selective conversion of carbohydrates to fine chemicals.

Jen Dabrowski presents research at SERMACS

Assistant professor Jen Dabrowski presented her research on conversion of biorenewable resources to fine chemicals at the 67th annual Southeast Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society (SERMACS) in Memphis, TN.

Jen Dabrowski presents at UNC Chapel Hill Women in Science and Engineering meeting

Elon faculty make STEM fun for local schoolchildren

A pilot project led by faculty members Martin Kamela and Dave Gammon brought Alamance County elementary and middle school students to campus for four days of science and math activities while Elon University students traveled away for spring break.

Tom Riley '16 presents at international professional meeting

The March meeting of the American Physical Society is the largest annual international meeting of physicists, featuring more than 9,000 presentations from authors around the world.

Interdisciplinary team of Elon faculty and students publishes research on magnetic microspheres for biomedical applications

Associate professors Ben Evans (Physics) and Tonya Train (Biology) published alongside Julia Ronecker '13 (Biochemistry), David Han '18 (Engineering), Daniel Glass '10 (Engineering), and Alison Deatsch '13 (Physics) in Materials Science and Engineering: C.

A problem with proteins produces a different kind of outcome

Senior biochemistry major Michelle Landahl wanted a summer research project to help answer longtime questions about particular types of cellular proteins. Things didn’t work out as planned.

National scholarship funds Elon student's summer project at Caltech

Elon University senior Christian Seitz received a 2015 Amgen Scholarship to research the 3D structure of molecular bases within the human nose that allows humans to detect scent.

Elon students present at biomedical engineering conference

A group of students from Elon’s Engineering Club and Engineering World Health traveled Oct. 23 to the Southeast Regional Meeting of the Biomedical Engineering Society in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Two students win competitive science research internships in Germany

Ben Kaiser '16 and Alyssa Romano '16 will conduct science research at German universities this summer.

Lumen Scholar recognized for research at national conference 

Elon University senior Taylor Davis traveled to Boston in March 2015 to present her research at a national biochemistry conference. The Honors Fellow received a student travel award and was recognized in the undergraduate poster competition.

Neil deGrasse Tyson weaves humor with wisdom in Q&A

The famed astrophysicist took questions from Elon University students on Thursday in a Whitley Auditorium program where he advised his audience not to “ever shortchange your curiosity for the promise of money” as they pursue their life passions.

Renowned scientist encourages Elon audience to seek objective truths

Astrophysicist and author Neil deGrasse Tyson headlined Spring Convocation on April 2, 2015, with a passionate defense of science, an analysis of what drives people to accomplish great feats, and advice to students for being lifelong learners.

Undergraduate researchers from Physics, Engineering, and Chemistry present at an international biophysics conference

Matt Bausch ’16, Aaron Neaves ’16, and David Han ’17 presented at the 59 Annual Meeting of the Biophysical Society in Baltimore, Maryland, February 8-11.

Gene Grimley talks with WGHP Fox 8 about radon dangers

The professor of chemistry was interviewed for a Jan. 5, 2015, story on radon testing kits currently available for free to residents of Alamance County in North Carolina.

Lumen Prize helps Elon student research cell death in kidney failure

Senior Thomas Lampl has used the university’s highest honor for undergraduate research and creative achievement to study a laboratory model that may help future doctors better understand the human body’s reaction to sepsis.

CATL announces Fall 2014 Teaching & Learning Grant recipients

The Center for the Advancement of Teaching & Learning announces the recipients of the Fall 2014 Teaching and Learning Grants.

Career Moves: Mentors & career advisers help alum with top engineering school placement

Alexander Bruch ’14 sought feedback from chemistry professors & staff in the Student Professional Development Center as he applied to graduate schools, including Yale University, for a doctorate in electrical engineering.

Nanotechnology pioneer talks of advances in lifesaving treatments

Daniel Herr, a researcher at the N.C. A&T State University and UNC Greensboro Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, visited campus on Sept. 15 as the first guest this fall of the Voices of Discovery Science Speaker Series.

Alumnus commissions portrait of distinguished chemistry professor

Professor Emeritus Paul Cheek faithfully served Elon for more than three decades and his likeness now greets visitors to the Department of Chemistry suite on the third floor of the university’s McMichael Science Center.

Lumen Scholars publish a biochemistry paper

Senior biochemistry majors and Lumen Scholars Taylor Davis and Tom Lampl had a manuscript about their research accepted for publication in the Journal of Visual Experimentation. 

Ben Evans presents at World Congress on Biosensors

The assistant professor of physics presented "An optical biosensor for point-of-care medical diagnostics" at the 24th Anniversary World Congress on Biosensors held May 27-30, 2014, in Melbourne, Australia.