2021 Awards for Excellence in Chemistry

The Scholastic Achievement Awards of the Philadelphia Section of the American Chemical Society were presented to Kyle Shaffer (Chemistry) and Yaseena Alli (Biochemistry).

The American Institute of Chemists Awards were granted to Madisson Gladfelter (Chemistry) and Corinne Gallagher (Biochemistry). The Reid-Fenton Award for Forensic & Toxicological Chemistry was given to Elizabeth Malozzi. Congratulations to all the awardees on their accomplishments!

Special Seminar: Dr. Ted Heilweil from NIST

It was an informative evening with Dr. Ted Heilweil speaking about internships and his career at the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST). His work focuses on  using ultrafast spectroscopy to study charge movement in semiconductors, 2D materials, and molecules.

Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award

Professor John TownsendCongratulations to Professor John Townsend, who was named the winner of the 2021 Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in Chemical Science. The award is presented by the Philadelphia Section of the American Chemical Society and is sponsored by Merck & Co.


Meeting the World's Biggest Challenges with the Tiniest Objects

In a presentation from the 2021 NNI Strategic Planning Stakeholder Workshop: Charting the Path Forward, Professor Kurt Kolasinski discusses future directions in nanoscience and nanotechnology.

Work on Luminescent Nanostructures Published

The pandemic may have stopped our students from going back into the lab but it didn't stop them from analyzing their data and writing up the results. Three of our recent graduates – Teresa Lee, Benjamin Roe and Joseph Swanson – have had their work published in this article Response of Photoluminescence of H-Terminated and Hydrosilylated Porous Si Powders to Rinsing and Temperature.


Data/Graph Chart

Molecule Example

ACS Award for Excellence in Chemistry

Teresa LeeCongratulations to Teresa Lee who was awarded the 2020 Scholastic Achievement Award by the Philadelphia Section of the American Chemical Society.


1871 Award

Congratulations to Yaseena Alli and Emily Dwyer, who are Chem Bio majors, for being named among 40 outstanding students to receive West Chester University’s 1871 Award. This award recognizes students who excel in the academic and co-curricular realms.


International Collaboration Leads to Publication

MACE - High Ag Load: Correlated motion of big Ag NPs Macro etch track pores; Si NWs, Low Ag load: Random motion of small Ag NPs Mesoporous Si; porous Si NPs

A collaboration involving undergraduate researchers Joseph Swanson and Bret Unger directed by Professor Kurt Kolasinski together with researchers from the University of Eastern Finland and the University of Connecticut have published their result on nanostructure formation in ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces.

International Year of the Periodic Table Commemorated

International Year of the Periodic Table Commemorated

WCU celebrated the International Year of the Periodic Table on November 4 by receiving Proclamations from the PA State Senate and PA State House of Representatives. The event took place in front of the Department’s Interactive Periodic Table display; picture are (L to R) Dr. Jeff Evelhoch (donor of the Periodic Table Display), State Senator Andrew Dinniman, State Representative Carolyn Comitta, Dr. Melissa Cichowicz (Chair, Department of Chemistry) and Dr. Radha Pyati (Dean, College of the Sciences and Mathematics).


Podcast on Nanoscience.

Listen to some reflections on nanoscience in this podcast from Prof. Kolasinski. This podcast series features voices from the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI). Researchers and innovators discuss their work at the nanoscale, the challenges they’ve faced, and how they’ve connected with the NNI. 

Dr. Michael J. Moran: An Appreciation upon his Retirement

The Department of Chemistry wishes Dr. Michael J. Moran all the best upon his retirement making this is our first semester without him since he joined the faculty of West Chester University in 1981. Please join us in thanking him for his decades of dedicated service to the students and community of WCU. You can read more about his long and successful career here.

ACS Award for Excellence in Chemistry

Knorr Award

Senior Erica Knorr was awarded the Scholastic Achievement Award by the Philadelphia Section of the American Chemical Society. Congratulations

Alchemists host Chem Craze

Students in Chemistry lab
Students working in Chemistry lab at WCUPA

The Alchemist kicked off another year of events by hosting a group of 42 middle and high school students. The group brought together by YMWIC literally mixed it up with the Alchemists. Thank you to Kelsey Dittmar, Teague Smith, Savannah Fay, John Griffith, Lidia Gebre, Olivia Kimber, Erica Knorr, Zane Christmyer, Zach Karounos, Piper Johnson, Regan Gillespie, Hannah Evanik, Jackie Dipietro and Vishal Forde, who all attended.

NSF Grant Awarded

NSF Grant Awarded - Anodized PSi regen. etching PaPSi; Tunable: porosity, PL color, particle size; hydrosilylable, stable, PL with labels, 1 & 2 photon exc.

Professor Kurt Kolasinski was awarded $168,927 by the National Science Foundation for a research projected titled Regenerative Electroless Etching for the Production of Si Nanostructures. The grant will help to fund student researchers as they investigate ReEtching and MACE for the production of porous silicon, silicon nanowires and hierarchical silicon nanostructures. Recent results have been published in ACS Nano, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces not once but twice, and Surfaces.

Best Poster Award - ACS YCC 2018

Bret Unger

Bret Unger was awarded the Best Undergraduate Poster Prize and the Drexel University Best Inorganic Poster Prize at the ACS Younger Chemists Committee Poster Session (ACS YCC 2018) at Temple University for work titled "Metal Assisted Catalytic Etching (MACE) of Silicon: Which Way is Up?" His co-authors were Shannon Knight, Teresa Lee, Dr. Shawn Pfeil and Prof. KW Kolasinski.

Best Poster Award - PSST 2018

Shannon Knight

Shannon Knight (B.S. and B.S.Ed. 2017) was awarded the Best Poster Prize at the Porous Semiconductor Science and Technology 2018 Conference (PSST 2018) in La Grande Motte, France for work titled "Crystallographically defined silicon macropore membranes." Her co-authors were Bret Unger and Prof. KW Kolasinski.



The National Institute of Justice

Joshi research group publishes the first Library of Microcrystalline Tests for Novel Psychoactive Substances as a product of a research grant awarded by the National Institute of Justice.


Philadelphia Section Award

Left to right: Melissa B. Cichowicz, Deborah Cook (Chair of the Philadelphia Section of the ACS), Kurt Kolasinski, and Elizabeth Wagoner (Chair-Elect)
Pictured left to right: Melissa B. Cichowicz, Deborah Cook (Chair of the Philadelphia Section of the ACS), Kurt Kolasinski, and Elizabeth Wagoner (Chair-Elect)

Professor Kurt Kolasinski has been named the 2017 recipient of the Philadelphia Section Award presented by the Philadelphia Section of the American Chemical Society. This Award recognizes an individual "who, by conspicuous scientific achievement through research, has made important contributions to man's knowledge and thereby aided the public appreciation of the profession."


New John R. and Laurie S. Townsend Chemistry Scholarship (since 2018)

The John R. and Laurie S. Townsend Chemistry Scholarship is to be awarded to a student who majors in one of the five chemistry degrees program with at least 60 credit hours and 22 chemistry credits completed at WCU and a GPA of 3.25 or above. Applications can be found here.


New Technical Director of the Center for Microanalysis & Imaging Research & Training (CMIRT)

Dr. Samantha Shumlas has been named the new Technical Director of the CMIRT.

Interactive Periodic Table of the Elements

We celebrated the installation and dedication of our Interactive Periodic Table of the Elements, Friday April 7th. Here's the list of the contents.

Joel M. Ressner Scholarship in Chemistry

New this year: Joel M. Ressner Scholarship in Chemistry & Joel M. Ressner Scholarship for Minority Students in Chemistry

The 2015 University Distinguished Research Award

Awarded to Dr. Felix Goodson, the award recognizes a faculty member who has made a significant contribution to the scholarship of a University community through the acquisition of external grants from peer-reviewed funding sources.

The 2015 Trustees' Achievement Award

Awarded to Dr. Kurt Kolasinski, the Trustees' Achievement Award recognizes distinguished scholarly and creative work by a current West Chester University faculty member: specific, original contributions to a discipline (as in a research study, monograph, scholarly paper, literary work, musical composition, or work of art), or a significant collective body of work.

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