Graduate Catalog
2018-2019
 
Policies, Procedures, Academic Programs
Chemistry
College of Science
The Chemistry Department is housed in Davidson Hall and Hahn Hall, which offer space for offices, classrooms, and laboratories for teaching and research. Davidson Hall was named for Robert J. Davidson, who was a Professor and a Dean during a career spanning 1891 to 1915. Davidson Hall will undergo a complete reconstruction starting in the Fall of 2011. Hahn Hall is named for T. Marshall Hahn, who was President of Virginia Tech from 1962 to 1974 and is credited with the university's transformation from a primarily agricultural school to a comprehensive research institution.
480 Davidson Hall, Mail Code: 0212 Blacksburg VA 24061
Davidson Hall
Degree(s) Offered:
• MS
MS Degree in Chemistry
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Offered In:
Blacksburg
• PhD
PhD Degree in Chemistry
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Offered In:
Blacksburg
Web Resource(s):
Phone Number(s):
540/231-8225
Application Deadlines:
Fall: Jan 15
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Department Head : Alan Esker
Graduate Program Director : John Morris
Emeriti Faculty: Harold McNair
Professors: Paul Carlier; Daniel Crawford; Harry Dorn; Alan Esker; Felicia Etzkorn; Richard Gandour; Harry Gibson; David Kingston; Timothy Long; Herve Marand; Joseph Merola; Robert Moore; John Morris; Judy Riffle; Webster Santos; James Tanko; Eduard Valeyev
Associate Professors: Paul Deck; Gary Long; Louis Madsen; John Matson; Amanda Morris; Brian Tissue; Diego Troya; Gordon Yee
Assistant Professors: Tijana Grove; Jatinder Josan; Feng Lin; Guoliang Liu; Nicholas Mayhall; Michael Schulz
University Distinguished Professor: David Kingston
Dr. A. C. Lilly, Jr., Faculty Fellow of Nanoscience: John Morris
Research Professors: Sam Turner
Cliff and Agnes Lilly Faculty Fellow: Webster Santos

Chemistry Introduction

The Chemistry Department is consistently top-ranked among its peers in terms of degree production (BA, BS, MS, & PhD) and research expenditures. Our 30 faculty members and 140 graduate students generate over 100 peer-reviewed publications per year and have earned numerous prestigious awards for research, teaching, and outreach. In addition to the major areas of chemistry (analytical, inorganic, organic, and physical), our polymer chemistry program has been ranked among the top 5, and we have highly developed programs in several interdisciplinary areas including drug discovery, computational and theoretical chemistry, surface science, renewable energy, and chemical biology.

Centers and Research

The Macromolecules and Interfaces Institute (MII) is a campus research institute that brings together dozens of faculty members and over 100 students with common interests in polymer science and engineering, adhesion science, and other related disciplines.


Offered In (Blacksburg)

Degree Requirements

Minimum GPA: 3.0
Institution code: 5859
Testing Requirements:
  • TOEFL
    • Paper
      • 600.0
    • Computer
      • 250.0
    • iBT
      • 100.0
  • GRE
    • General Test
      • Verbal : 153.0
      • Quantitative : 157.0
      • Analytical : 4.0
  • IELTS
    • General Test
      • 8.0
This section offers brief synopses of the programmatic requirements for the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Chemistry at Virginia Tech. Applicants and current students are directed to our policies and procedures manual for the complete, detailed description of these requirements:

www.chem.vt.edu/media/grad-orange-book.pdf

The M.S. degree may be earned in one of two ways. The student may prepare and defend a Master's Thesis; alternatively there is a non-thesis M.S. option that is based exclusively on course work. The Thesis M.S. degree requires 20 credit hours of graduate course work, the presentation of one seminar, and the preparation and oral defense of the M.S. thesis. The non-thesis M.S. degree requires 24 credit hours of regular graduate course work plus 6 credit hours of report-based courses.
Offered In (Blacksburg)

Degree Requirements

Minimum GPA: 3.0
Institution code: 5859
Testing Requirements:
  • TOEFL
    • Paper
      • 600.0
    • Computer
      • 250.0
    • iBT
      • 100.0
  • GRE
    • General Test
      • Verbal : 153.0
      • Quantitative : 157.0
      • Analytical : 4.0
  • IELTS
    • General Test
      • 8.0
This section offers brief synopses of the programmatic requirements for the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Chemistry at Virginia Tech. Applicants and current students are directed to our policies and procedures manual for the complete, detailed description of these requirements:

www.chem.vt.edu/media/grad-orange-book.pdf

Each doctoral student must complete a minimum of four graduate-level courses. The selection of courses depends on the student's research interests and are established in consultation with the student's Advisory Committee. Some additional courses may be required to ensure that the student has a broad Foundation of knowledge; these courses are determined by the student's performance on entrance examinations in Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, and Instrumental Analysis administered during Orientation Week. Each doctoral student also must complete two report courses; in the first enrollment (3rd semester of residence) a Literature Review is prepared, and in the second enrollment (6th semester of residence) an Original Research Proposal is prepared. Each doctoral student also must present two seminars and satisfy annual reporting and evaluation requirements as specified in the document linked above.

Chemistry Facilities Introduction

The Chemistry Department is housed in three adjoining buildings. Davidson Hall is the original chemistry building, which has recently undergone renovation. Davidson Hall features both classrooms and research laboratories. Hahn Hall South Wing is exclusively devoted to research, and the building features a lovely atrium gathering space. Hahn Hall North Wing houses our teaching laboratories and several conference rooms. Additional research space is occupied by the Chemistry Department in the Institute for Critical Technologies and Applied Science (ICTAS).

Other equipment available to Chemistry researchers includes an 1100-node supercomputer (System X), several smaller computational clusters and a broad range of microscopy equipment (AFM, STM, SEM, and optical) and nanoscale fabrication hardware.

Analytical Services Center

Our Analytical Services Center houses six NMR spectrometers, including one at 600 MHz, one at 500 MHz, four at 400 MHz (including a wide-bore instrument for imaging experiments) and a 300 MHz instrument dedicated to solid samples. All modern techniques (multidimensional, multinuclear, variable temperature) are available.  Analytical Services also includes LCMS, GCMS, including accurate-mass capability on our Agilent ESI-TOF instrument.  Analytical labs are fully staffed with professional spectrometrists.

College of Science -- Crystallography Laboratory

Our X-ray diffractometer is housed in the College of Science Crystallography Laboratory (VTX), which features a range of diffractometers and a capabilities such as ultra-low temperature (to 15 K), high pressure (to 10 GPa), and the ability to analyze small crystals and proteins.

Polymer Characterization Laboratory

The polymer characterization laboratory features GPC, TGA, and DSC, as well as mechanical and rheological testing instruments.

Surface Analysis Laboratory

The Surface Analysis Laboratory features XPS, Auger, and AFM instruments.
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