Department of Chemistry
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The culture at Carolina involves smaller research groups than at most comparable institutions, allowing for greater mentoring and interaction with faculty. Collaboration between research groups is pervasive and many students carry out joint projects with two faculty mentors. Carolina PhDs have carried this tradition to faculty positions at major research universities, small colleges and throughout the chemical industry.


Welcome to the Department of Chemistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. If you are interested in learning about the graduate admissions process please visit our Graduate Admissions page.



The research activities of our department span a broad definition of chemistry. Carolina Chemistry is also a focus for interdisciplinary efforts on campus in biological sciences and materials sciences.


Graduate Student Association

The goal of the Association of Chemistry Graduate Students, ACGS, is to provide opportunities and events which promote interaction, fellowship, and camaraderie among graduate students, post-docs, faculty, and staff in the chemistry department. We organize and sponsor numerous events including a department-wide volleyball tournament, various socials throughout the year, and charity events such as Trivia Night and the Toys for Tots campaign. Feel free to email us at with any ideas, comments, or questions, especially with regard to improving how we can best serve you and the chemistry community.

Contact any of this year's officers to learn how you can get involved:

President: Katie Moga
Vice-President: Nathan Rodeberg
Treasurer: William Black
Secretary: Colleen O'Neill



Our department offers degree programs in Analytical, Biological, Inorganic, Organic, Physical, and Polymer/Materials chemistry.



Our large and diverse faculty include five members of the National Academy of Sciences, one member of the National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, two recipients of an NIH Director's Pioneer Award, several winners of American Chemical Society national awards, a Lemelson-MIT Prize winner, and numerous recipients of other prestigious national awards in chemistry and teaching.

Our faculty members attract over $21 million dollars in external funding annually.


Financial Support

All students admitted to the PhD program receive competitive stipends in the form of teaching and research assistantships.


Contact Us

If you have questions about the admissions process or questions about the program please contact our Student Services department. They will be happy to assist you in any way they can.

The Department of Chemistry supports the University's core values, encouraging diversity and equal educational and employment opportunities throughout the University community. These values are articulated in the University's non-discrimination policy and by the office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs.