Chemistry Department

Bowling Green's proud tradition of excellence in chemistry begins with a dedicated faculty providing a wide range of courses, including sequences in biochemistry, analytical, organic, physical, inorganic chemistry, and opportunities in materials science. Courses are supported with excellent laboratory facilities and state of the art instrumentation. Chemistry has been central to the development of an interdisciplinary program in materials science and is an important part of BGSU's program in scientific computing.


Along with a B.S. in Chemistry, the Department also offers a M.S. degree in Chemistry and a Ph.D. in Photochemical Sciences. The Center for Photochemical Sciences and the Department of Chemistry have developed a uniquely focused Ph.D. program in the photochemical sciences, designed for students with backgrounds in physics, biological sciences or chemistry. The coursework prepares students in the area of photochemistry and photophysics, and examines applications in fundamental areas of chemistry, materials science, biological sciences, physics, and spectroscopy and/or photopolymer science.

Graduates of the Bowling Green chemistry program are sought after by graduate schools, medical and dental schools, by the chemical industry, and in many allied research entities around the United States. The University has had a long-standing commitment to public education in the State of Ohio, and many of the finest chemistry teachers in the State are counted among Bowling Green's nearly 100,000 living alumni. Graduate students and post-doctoral research associates come to the university from many states and a number of foreign countries to study in specific research programs directed by Bowling Green's chemistry professors.


April 20, 2017
Ohio Photochemical Society Meeting will be held at Maumee Bay State park

February 27, 2017
"Photoresponsive materials come to light in BGSU laboratory"

January 12, 2017
Dr. Alexis Ostrowski named "Emerging Investigator"

October 5, 2016
2012 W. Heinlen Hall Lecturer, Jean-Pierre Sauvage, awarded Nobel Prize in Chemistry for work on molecular machines

April 6, 2016
Grad student Liubov Lifshits awarded University Teaching award

April 4, 2016
Grad student Giuseppe Giammanco to pitch idea at The Hatch entrepreneurship competition

January 27, 2016
BGSU partners to build diversity in faculty ranks from graduate level up

December 8, 2015
Alumnus, faculty scholar connect to answer biochemical questions

September 15, 2015
BGSU to host 2015 Ohio Inorganic Weekend

May 14, 2015
Malcolm D. E. Forbes to lead Center for Photochemical Sciences

May 9, 2015
Dr. Stephania Messersmith is promoted to Senior Lecturer.

Professor Art Brecher is awarded Emeritus status.

March 20, 2015
Graduate student Mary Bauman receives the university's 2014-2015 Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award

March 19, 2015
Department announces new Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship, Applications Due April 3rd

March 2, 2015
BGSU faculty Torelli and Erickson and grad student Bauman implement Undergraduate Research project in Biochemistry Lab course

February 16, 2015
Abstracts are now being accepted for the Ohio Photochemical Society (OoPS) meeting in May 2015

January 29, 2015
Students from Ostrowski lab make photoresponsive materials

January 8, 2015
Professor Peter Lu elected as American Physical Society (APS) Fellow

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All seminars will be held in Overman Hall 123 at 3:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

Spring 2017

January 11, 2017
Douglas Genna - Youngstown State
Title TBA

January 18, 2017
John Keith - Pittsburgh
In Silico Searches for Renewable Energy Catalysts Through Chemical Compound Space

February 1, 2017 
Kraig Wheeler- Eastern Illionins University 
Exploiting Shape Spaces of Molecular Recognition- Sense and Sensibility 

February 15, 2017
Laura Gagliardi - University of Minnesota 
Computationally Guided Discovery of Metal-Decorated Metal-Organic Frameworks Active for Catalysis

March 22, 2017
Tim Lian - Emory
Title TBA

March 29, 2017
Ming Lee Tang - UC Riverside 
Directing Energy Transfer Between Semiconductor Nanocrystals and Molecules

April 12, 2017
Plamen Atanassov - UNM
Title TBA

April 26, 2017
Psaras McGrier - The Ohio State University 
Title TBA

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