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New Facilities Web Pages

Dozens of pictures of the Science Complex were added to the Facilities pages, (see main menu at left) on June 30.  You can now see the main public spaces, classrooms, laboratories, and equipment.

Upcoming Seminars

All Seminars are Monday at 4:00 pm in room 156 Science Complex, unless noted otherwise.

There are no seminars currently scheduled.

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.

Registration Questions?

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

Consider CHEM 510 This Fall

If you are a senior or graduate student looking for an elective, consider signing up for Computer Applications in Chemistry, CHEM 510.  Learn to use Excel to build models and interactive simulations of titrations.  Click here for more information.



This tip brought to you by CHEM 115: Chemistry and Society.

Fall 2014 sections of CHEM 115 are offered TR 11AM-12:15PM (CRN 10246) and TR 2-3:15PM (CRN 10247)

The overall theme of the course for Fall 2014 is "Better Living through Chemistry!" We will explore the chemical reactions that take place in such contexts as

    • Food, drugs, and beverages (adult and otherwise)
    • Ceramics and other art forms
    • Air, water, and plastics
    • You! (genetics, metabolism, love and attraction, etc.)

There will be no textbook for the Fall 2014 sections, just electronic (free!) resources. Questions? Contact Dr Amy Flanagan Johnson at ajohns82@emich.edu

Alumni News            Calendar of 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. Ruth Ann ArmitageProfessor Armitage Spends a Week Collecting Archaeological Rock Art Samples from Cuban Caves.  This summer, EMU facutly member, Dr. Ruth Ann Armitage was invited to Cuba where she collected rock art samples from the walls of several caves. The samples have been returned to EMU where the age of the paintings can be determined, allowing them to be properly attributed to the ancient inhabitants of the island who painted them.  Click here to read about her adventures and see pictures of the caves and artwork.  Posted 8/25/14.

Dr. Thomas HorvathAlum Dr. Thomas Horvath Pursues Career Analyzing Medical Metabolites.  Tom Horvath graduated from EMU with a degree in Chemistry and subsequently earned his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.  Since then he has pursued a career as a research scientist.  Click here to read about his career path and fond memories of his time at EMU.  Posted 8/8/14.

Dr. Steven BackuesNew Biochemistry Faculty Member to Start This Fall.  The Chemistry Department is pleased to announce that Dr. Steven Backues will be starting a tenure-track faculty position this fall.  Click here to read more about Dr. Backues.  Posted 7/16/14.

Brittany Jewell

Chemistry Students Receive 5 of 16 EMU Undergraduate Research Stimulus Awards for Summer 2014.  These $2000 fellowships are awarded to facilitate research between undergraduates and faculty mentors. Chemistry student recipients (and faculty mentors) are Philip Ewing (Wilmes), RaKeenja Fluellen (Emal), Brittany M. Jewell (Milletti), Alexa Salsbury (Holmes), and Brandie Yambrosic (Lindsay). The complete list of recipients and project titles is available here. Posted 7/5/14.
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Professor Edwards Researches that "New Car Smell".  The interiors of new cars emit volatile organic compounds, often called "New Car Smell". Although some find these odors enjoyable, "New Car Smell" could potentially have adverse health effects.  Click here to read more.  Posted 6/25/14.
Ian PendletonIan Pendleton receives a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Ian graduated with a degree in chemistry from EMU in 2012 and is currently a doctoral student in Chemistry at the University of Michigan.  Click here to read more. Posted June 2014.

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

Recent Additions to the Website

  • The Facilities link now has dozens of pictures of the Science Complex including public spaces, classrooms, and laboratories.  Posted 7/2/14.
  • As you can see above, the news portion of the home page has been redesigned.  What used to be called the "News Archives" has been combined with the "News Briefs" to make a single link for all Chemistry Department News.
  • The list of major department equipment has been updated, with pictures of many items.  This can be accessed via the facilities page or by clicking on this link.  Posted 6/25/14.
  • We have added a new section specifically aimed at new students and transfer students.  It be accessed through the menu on the left side of the screen.  Posted 4/2/14.
  • On the Co-op page, and the Employment Opportunities page, we have added links to websites for NSF International, Cayman Chemical, and the US Government where full-time, part-time and intern positions are routinely posted.  Revised 4/11/14.
  • The Spring 2014 edition of the Chemistry Department Newsletter is now available.  Posted 3/25/14.

Contact Us

Dr. Steven Pernecky

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.

Department Head:  Steven Pernecky, 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