Eastern Michigan University
direct edit

Highlighted Information

Registration Questions?

See our advising page for useful information and a list of departmental advisers that you can contact.

Monday Night Collaborative Study Sessions Available

All CHEM 115, 117, 121, and 123 students are invited to drop-in collaborative study sessions every Monday evening from 7-9 pm in Science Complex Rooms 107 & 109.  Chemistry faculty and graduate students will be there to facilitate the sessions.  Click here to see the advertising flyer.  Sponsored by the CSIE program.  Posted 9/25/15.

Fall Tutoring Schedule Posted

Many of the Chemistry Department faculty, as well as selected upper-level or graduate students, volunteer to staff the departmental tutoring room.  Tutors are available approximately 10-12 hours per week in room 543 Science Complex.  The schedule for Fall Semester can be found by clicking on the tutoring room link.  Service is free and on a first-come, first-served basis.  Posted 9/17/15.


Upcoming Seminars

Seminars are on Mondays at 4:00 in room 158, Science Complex, unless specified otherwise.

December 7th: Kerri Pratt, University of Michigan, Topic:  Atmospheric chemistry.

For a complete listing of departmental seminars, click the link to our Seminars page.

Careers in Chemistry

If you are wondering what you can do with a chemistry degree, the American Chemical Society has a lot of information available on its website.  Follow this link to www.acs.org/collegetocareer.

Links to Library Resources

On the Student Resources page (see main menu at the left), we have links to several webpages hosted by the EMU library. These webpages contain links to sites useful for searching for chemical databases, journals, or educational materials.

Upcoming Events

See the Calendar of Events for additional information about annual department events.

Welcome to the Chemistry Department!

Click on the links in the left-hand menu to obtain a lot of useful, up-to-date information.  Department contact information is provided at the bottom of this page.

Recent Chemistry Department News

Dr. Nina Contis

Dr. Nina Contis is named a 2015 ACS Fellow.  Beginning in 2009, the American Chemical Society has annually recognized a select group of members for their contributions to science and the chemical profession.  Professor Ellene (Nina) Tratras Contis of the Chemistry Department was one of this year's 78 honorees (out of a total ACS membership exceeding 158,000).  Professor John Texter of the EMU Polymers and Coatings Program was also an honoree.  Click here to read more, including the ACS press release, about Professor Contis.  Posted 7/24/15.

Professor Bruce Graves Bruce Graves, former Chemistry Department faculty member,  passed away in June.  Professor Graves was a member of the EMU Chemistry Department between 1967 and 1980.  He specialized in physical and analytical chemistry, with a research program focused upon electrochemistry.  He also was an expert glassblower (as he was demonstrating in the above photograph).  The department extends its condolances to the familty and loved ones of Professor Graves.  Posted 7/16/15.


WCAM 2015 Attendees Professor Don Snyder recently presented at the 4th Annual World Congress of Advanced Materials-2015 (WCAM-2015), held in Chongqing International Convention and Exhibition Centre, Chongqing, China on May 27-29.  More than 300 world-renowned experts, professors, laboratory principals, project leaders and representatives of well-known enterprises attended the conference.  Professor Snyder chaired a session on advanced polymers and also gave an invited presentation entitled "Optical Phase Shift Dynamics in Transparent Polymers: Applications of Wavefront Detectors in Chemical Analysis and Sensor Design".  Posted 7/9/15.

Dr. Wade Tornquist Two Chemistry faculty members have recently moved into upper-level administration positions.  Effective July 1, two former chemistry department heads have assumed new positions within the university.  Dr. Wade Tornquist is the Interim Associate Provost and Associate Vice President for Graduate Dr. Steven PerneckyStudies and Research and Dr. Steven Pernecky is the Interim Associate Dean for Budget and Facilities in the College of Arts and Sciences.  Dr. Ross Nord has temporarily returned to the Chemistry Department Head position, to replace Dr. Pernecky, until a new department head can be selected.  Click here to read more.  Posted 7/5/15.


Dr. Brittany Albaugh Dr. Brittany Albaugh will join the department this fall as its newest biochemistry faculty member.  Dr. Albaugh's research targets epigenetic proteins implicated in cancer development through drug discovery and gene regulation. She is excited to develop her cancer epigenetics research program at EMU and will be looking for motivated and enthusiastic students with an interest in learning a diverse array of techniques in cell and molecular biology, biochemistry, epigenetics and cancer biology.  Additional information about Dr. Albaugh can be found on her departmental webpage.  Posted 6/8/15.


Dr. William RoushDr. William Roush, an internationally-recognized organic, synthetic chemist, presented the Regent Beth Fitzsimmons seminars.  These seminars are annually given as part of the Summer Science Research Initiative (SSRI).  Dr. Roush is associate dean of graduate studies and executive director of medicinal chemistry at the Scripps Research Institute.  Click here to see the University press release with more information about Dr. Roush and the SSRI.  Updated 6/8/15.


Sean Blackburn presenting at the Undergraduate Symposium28 Chemistry students present at the Undergraduate Symposium.  The 35th EMU Undergraduate Research Symposium was held at the Student Center on Friday, March 27.  The program included 23 presentations sponsored by the Chemistry Department representing the work of 28 chemistry students.  Click here to see pictures and a listing of all of the Chemistry Department presentations.  Posted 4/7/15.


Dr. Donald Wall How a Pre-Law student became a Nuclear Scientist:  Dr. Donald Wall reflects upon his time at EMU.  Dr. Donald Wall is the director of the Nuclear Radiation Center at Washington State University and a 1990 graduate of EMU with a degree in Chemistry.  Click here to read Dr. Wall's story of how taking a general education course totally changed his career path.  Posted 3/4/15.


A complete list of Chemistry Department News stories and short items can be obtained by clicking on the link.


Contact Us

The Department of Chemistry is located in the recently expanded and completely renovated Mark Jefferson Science Complex. We have staff offices and labs throughout the building.  The Chemistry Department office is room 541 and is open from 8:00-5:00 Monday-Friday.  The phone number is (734)487-0106.

Dr. Ross Nord

Interim Department Head:  Ross Nord, Ph.D.

Senior Secretary:  Tracey Grant

Office Secretary:  Carol Orlowski

If you are interested in our programs, there is a lot of information available by clicking on the links found in the left-hand navigational pane.  You can also contact the appropriate coordinator:

Undergraduate Coordinator:  Tim Friebe, Ph.D.

Graduate Coordinator:  Tim Brewer, Ph.D.

If you would like to see something that is missing from our website, have information to share, or have other constructive suggestions, we would like to hear from you.  Contact us at rnord@emich.edu.

EMU Location and Vicinity

Eastern Michigan University is located in Ypsilanti,MI, which is adjacent to Ann Arbor, the home of the University of Michigan.  This proximity allows for active collaborations between faculty and students from both schools and access to additional facilities.  Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and the surrounding townships make up a metropolitan area of over 300,000 people with ample cultural, recreational, and sporting events year-round.  The cities of Detroit (30 miles away) and Toledo (40 miles away) are also within easy driving distance.  However, one need travel only a short distance out-of-town to find farmland and open countryside. Nearby opportunities for outdoor recreation, such as boating, fishing, hunting, and skiing, are plentiful.

The Department of Chemistry is part of the College of Arts & Sciences, 214 Pray-Harrold, 734.487.4344