Research might be the single most important activity undertaken by a student.  One not only experiences hands-on involvement in the research activity, but also becomes part of the process and culture of research. The discussions with lab members and faculty advisors devising experiments and solving problems prepare students for what may come in the ‘real world.’ Learning to work creatively and independently gives one a distinct advantage when entering the workforce or applying to graduate or professional school.

Chemistry department faculty maintain active research programs involving both undergraduate and graduate researchers in both laboratory and computational aspects of chemical research.  We strongly encourage all undergraduates to participate in research and also maintain an active M.S. research program.  Our faculty conduct research in diverse areas such as nanotechnology, natural product synthesis, atmospheric chemistry, catalysis, and computational chemistry.  All students work closely alongside their faculty mentor, gaining valuable experience that extends far beyond typical classroom learning.

The list below summarizes the research areas of each faculty member and includes a link to their website where further information about their current research programs can be found.

A list of publication and presentations conducted by the Chemistry faculty and students can be found here.

Analytical Chemistry

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Inorganic Chemistry

Organic Chemistry


Physical Chemistry

Villanova Chemistry at a Glance:

Degrees Offered: B.S., M.S.
Full Time Faculty: 25
Undergraduate Majors: 85
Graduate Students: 25
Equipment: an array of modern instrumentation for conducting research and instructional facilities
Building: Mendel Science Center houses research and instructional facilities for 6 scientific departments, including 17 chemistry research labs

Directions to Mendel Science Center

Software and Databases

ChemWatch is an MSDS database.
access ChemWatch (from campus)

access ChemWatch advanced functions page (login required)

Contact Eric Welsh for more information.

ChemTracker is a chemical inventory database.  Click here to obtain a username and password.  Your Villanova account login information is required.
Contact Dr. Kurchan for more information.

The Department of Chemistry has a site license for ChemDoodle, available for both Windows and Mac.
NOTE: You need to use your Villanova email address to start the process of obtaining the software.

Spartan P-Chem
The Department of Chemistry has a 15- concurrent user license for Spartan P-Chem. Please note this software is only available for Windows.
NOTE: You must be connected to the campus network in order to run the software.