We are delighted to announce the 23rd Annual Robert W. Murray Lecture

 Dr. Omar M. YaghiJames and Neeltje Tretter Professor of Chemistry and Co-Director of the Kavli Energy NanoSciences Institute at the University of California-Berkeley, will present the 23 rd Annual Robert W. Murray Lecture.  Due to the virus it was delayed but we are delighted now to announce the topic "Harvesting Water From Desert Air". For more details click here.

Recent Personnel Additions in the Department

The Department is pleased to welcome Dr. Rajamoni Jagan as a full-time postdoc to run samples and solve structures in our X-ray diffraction facility. Dr. Jagan has a Ph.D. in X-ray Crystallography and over 40 publications in X-ray studies of supramolecular structures. We are also pleased to welcome Dr. Bishal Nepal, who completed his Ph.D. with Professor Stine, as the full-time postdoc to run and maintain instrumentation in the MIST (Microscopy Instrumentation and Spectroscopic Technology) lab including our new scanning electron microscope, atomic force microscope, confocal microscope, LC-MS/MS system and a number of other instruments such as ICP-AES, surface area analysis, TGA and DSC. Both of these facilities welcome inquiries from external users for potential fee for service work.


Dr. Sean D.  Dingman, BS 1994 is our 35th Annual Distinguished Alumni Lecturer.  He will speak following the Department Awards Ceremony on May 2.  More information about him may be found here.  The title of his talk is: La Vita Alchemica.

Rajiv M. Banavali, PhD 1985 was honored by receipt of a Distinguished Alumni Award by the UMSL Alumni Association, at the Virtual Founders' Dinner via zoom on Oct. 7, 2021.  Dr. Banavali is Senior Vice President, Science and Innovation, at WestRock Co., in Atlanta, GA.

Professor Stine  received the Chancellor's Award for Research and Creativity at the 2021 State of the University Address.



Steven A. Kolodziej, BA 1987, PhD 1992 was honored by receipt of a Distinguished Alumni Award by the UMSL Alumni Association, at the Virtual Founders' Dinner via zoom on Oct. 29, 2020.  Steve is an Associate Research Fellow at Pfizer, Inc., in St. Louis.

The Successful events honoring the 50th anniversary of the first graduating classes continues.

The first two UMSL graduating classes were 1966-67 and 1967-68.  the campus and ther department celebrated these two landmarks and some details are given in the sections "About Us"/Photos/Photos of Alumni Events. This continues and the class of 1969 was honored over the weekend of May 18 - 19, 2019. Of the approximately 40 1969 graduates in attendance, five chemistry graduates attended all or part of the celebrations. They included Joe Bono, Mario Deprimo, Tim Miller, Doug Nuelle and Les Tucker. The weekend began with a check-in and mingle followed by a campus bus-tour. Then the group heard a presentation by Chancellor Emerita Touhill titled UMSL: The Early Years. The evening Golden Alumni Reception for alumni from 1967, 1968 and 1969 was held in the Millennium Center from 5:00 – 8:00 pm. All five 1969 chemistry alums were there along with Mike Finkes, BS 1973, MS 1978, Ray Novak, BS 1968, and Harold Messler BS 1970.
On the Saturday morning, following breakfast the 1969 graduates were robed and participated in the Commencement Ceremony. Following the latter, the 1969 graduates participated in the Golden Grad Luncheon, in the Touhill Performing Arts Center, Lee Theater, and the 2019 chemistry and biochemistry graduates and their families enjoyed a more informal luncheon with some faculty and alums in the Whittaker Room also in the Touhill. About 85 attended this luncheon.  This latter, organized by the Chemistry Alumni Council and the Alumni Association was followed by a reception in the Solarium of the Science complex where both 1969 and 2019 chemistry graduates were honored.  Click here for photos - where one can see department photos from all the Chemistry Alumni Council events.