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With research interests including biomedicine, environmental sustainability, and materials chemistry, we answer the unanswered questions. And we train our students to solve complex problems. Read more about our alumni and programs.



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Faculty excellence

Our faculty have won multiple teaching awards, earned national NSF and NIH grants, and maintain active interdisciplinary research collaborations. We also work with government research labs in the Washington, D.C. area and on three separate Mason campuses, including the new Potomac Science Center.  

Potomac Science Center

Dive in and experience innovative chemistry research

From Komodo Dragons, medicinal chemistry, metabolomics, nanomaterials and battery systems, Mason chemists push boundaries and solve problems that have a local and global impact. 


Komodo Dragon

Faculty and Staff Diversity

Our multicultural faculty and staff reflect the student population of the National Capital region, allowing the diverse members of our community to thrive. 


Why study chemistry and biochemistry at Mason?


American Chemical Society (ACS) approved programs. 


Average number of students per lab


Bureau of Labor Statistics projected growth for chemistry jobs.

Visit Us On Campus

Come learn about the chemistry and biochemistry program. 

  • Chemistry/Biochemistry Department Main Offices

    303 Planetary Hall, Fairfax Campus

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Planetary Hall at George Mason University Fairfax campus

Chemistry and Biochemistry News & Events



Cybersecurity and Healthcare Data: What Executives and Policy Makers Need to Know

Sep 23, 2021/6:00 - 8:30 PM

George Mason University Arlington Campus 
3301 N. Fairfax Drive (Virginia Square Metro)

Keynote Speaker: Robert Wood, Chief Information Security Officer at Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (invited) Hosted by: The George Mason Department of Health Administration and Policy and HealthTechNet Register Today Agenda 6pm-7pm Social Hour and Networking 7pm-8:30 pm Keynote Speaker: Robert Wood, CISO at Centers for Medicare & Medicaid

1st meeting of the American Society for Intercellular Communication (ASIC)

Oct 21, 2021/12:00 PM - Oct 23, 2021/12:00 PM

Bolger Center in Potomac, Maryland & Virtual

We invite you to join us for a 3-day meeting (Thursday afternoon, all day Friday and Saturday until noon; October 21st – October 23rd) at the Bolger Center in Potomac, Maryland. The program will include the functions of EVs, EPs, exRNA in cancer, CNS diseases, infections (both bacterial and viral)

Picture a Scientist Screening and Discussion with Filmmakers

Nov 4, 2021/7:00 - 9:30 PM

JC Cinema and simultaneous Zoom
Registration will be available soon. 

A part of Mason's Visiting Filmmakers Series, the College of Science and Office of Research, Innovation, and Economic Impact are pleased to support this special screening of Picture a Scientist. Picture a Scientist chronicles the groundswell of researchers who are writing a new chapter for women scientists. Biologist Nancy Hopkins

Support our department

Mason's Chemistry and Biochemistry Department gratefully accepts donations, which can be used to provide student scholarships, specific research interests, or general College of Science needs. Click here to support our work!