Message from the Chair

February 15, 2016

Welcome to the Department of Chemistry of the Georgia State University! We are a collection of talented graduate students, award-winning faculty, and devoted staffs pursuing cutting edge research on the frontiers of chemistry interfacing with biology, medicine, material, physics, and computational science. Our mission is to serve the citizens of the State of Georgia and the nation as a major hub for chemical research and education. Our contributions to the society are new knowledges of chemistry, and more importantly the confidence and the readiness of our graduates to pursue their independent careers after finishing our program.

We train our students through interdisciplinary programs covering analytical, biological, physical, organic and medicinal chemistry, and chemical education. Our department has been awarded NIH and NSF grants that total more than $7 million for the current fiscal year. Our NIH funding per faculty member tops other chemistry departments in southeast U.S. These funds support our students and faculty to do outstanding work in their fields of study. As a result the Carnegie Foundation lists our department as a U.S. institution with very high research activity. Currently our Ph.D. program is ranked 42nd by and it has more than 100 students from countries around the world.

Our M.S. program in chemistry is one of the largest in the nation with a current enrollment of more than 70 students. We provide financial supports to M.S. students in forms of teaching and research assistantships and tuition waivers. Many of our M.S. students get job offers after graduation, or are admitted to Ph.D. programs or professional programs in medical, dental or pharmacy schools. We are further expanding our M.S. and Ph.D. programs with new faculty hires and intense efforts in graduate recruiting.

Our department operates superb facilities to support research and teaching. The NMR Facility houses one 600 MHz, one 500 MHz and two 400 MHz NMR spectrometers. The Mass Spectrometry Facility features MALDI, electrospray, LC-MS, GS-MS, and high-resolution capability MS instruments. Our computation laboratory operates two large computer clusters capable of quantum calculation and dynamics simulation. A variety of analytical instruments are available in our Common Core Facility that offers surface plasmon resonance (SPR) and isothermal titration calorimetry (ITC) instruments, fluorimeters, UV/vis and IR spectrometers, capillary electrophoresis (CE), HPLC, and fluorescence microscopes. We share facilities with the Department of Biology for peptide and oligonucleotide synthesis, and DNA sequencing.

We offer teaching and research assistantships to qualified graduate students. A number of fellowships including the Al Baumstark Award for Minority or Female Students, the Ambrose Pendergrast Fellowship in Medicinal Chemistry and Biochemistry, and the David W Boykin Graduate Fellowship in Medicinal Chemistry, are awarded to outstanding Ph.D. students in the department every year. In addition, there are approximately 10 graduate assistantships in MBD (molecular basis of disease) and BB (brains and behavior) areas. We make a strong effort helping our graduates to pursue job opportunities in academics, industry and government agencies.

Please browse through this booklet for information on faculty research and graduate programs of our department. Please follow us at for new updates. We welcome you to visit our department and the GSU campus in downtown Atlanta. If you wish to meet our students and faculty during your visit, please let us know and we will be happy to arrange it for you.

Please feel free to contact me at If you are interested in our graduate programs, please contact Dr. Donald Hamelberg, our graduate director, at, or Dr. Jun Yin, our associate graduate director, at

Sincerely yours,

Peng George Wang
Chair and Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar