Welcome to the Department of Chemistry

Chemistry, the central science, is an integral part of modern life and forms the basis for advances in nearly all areas of science and technology.  Students and faculty in Chemistry at the University of Maine work together to answer questions related to major societal issues:  energy, the environment, modern materials, and health and medicine.  We invite you to explore our undergraduate and graduate programs and to learn more about our research.  If you have questions or would like to make arrangements for a tour of our department, please contact Dr. Alice Bruce, Chair, 152/271 Aubert Hall, 581-1168/ 581-1182, abruce@maine.edu

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Department News/Announcements

Graduation 2020:  Although we were unable to have our traditional graduation recognition ceremonies, we’d like to take this opportunity to recognize our May 2020 Graduates:  Earning their B.S. in Chemistry:  Ryan Bray, David Howe, Joshua Oyugi, Christopher Stewart, Christopher Phelan-Soper, Colin Gotschlich, Robert Patenaude.  We recognize Jon Musor who essentially has finished his B.S. in Chemistry but has decided to further his studies in Marine Chemistry.  Earning a PhD in Chemistry are Ms.  Hyeweon Hwang and Mr. Radowan Hossen.  We wish them continued success!  Congratulations to all of our graduates!

Natalie Machamer’s new Chemistry of Food & Cooking highlighted in recent edition of CLAS Weekly Newsletter.  See news link here.  

Chemistry graduate student award announcement: 
Fifth year graduate student, Grape Senkum, was awarded the College if Liberal Arts and Sciences Graduate Student Excellence in Research and Creative Activity Award for 2020 for her diligent and thorough research and efforts in the laboratory. She is advised by Dr. Gramlich and recently published a paper in Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics titled “Cationic Bottlebrush Polymers from Quaternary Ammonium Macromonomers by Grafting-Through Ring-Opening Metathesis Polymerization” outlining her excellent work understanding how to synthesize polymers that can be used for anti-biofouling applications.

Department Office Remote Operations – COVID19

In order to reduce the risk of exposure to students, staff, and faculty, and in response to the current COVID-19 situation, the Chemistry Department administrative office remains closed.

UMaine Campus Community Updates concerning COVID-19 can be found here:  https://umaine.edu/coronavirus/

During this period, the office will provide all of its services remotely. Email and phone messages are checked regularly throughout the business day.

Please use the following contact information for specific questions.

  • For questions about deliveries, budget-related inquiries, and chemical safety-related inquiries in Aubert Hall, please email Andrew Bergeron at andrew.n.bergeron@maine.edu or call (802) 735-3717.
  • For undergraduate-related inquiries, please email Diane Muir at diane.muir@maine.edu or call (207) 974-7665.
  • For graduate-related inquiries, please email Dr. William Gramlich at william.gramlich@maine.edu.

Thank you for your flexibility and understanding.

Alice Bruce
Professor and Chair
Department of Chemistry

Chemistry Department Graduate Research Seminar Series

ANNOUNCEMENT:  The Chemistry Department Graduate Research Seminar Series hopefully will resume in Fall 2020.