Department of Chemistry

Welcome to the Chemistry Department. We hope that you will find us to be an interesting and dynamic department. We are the second largest department at Xavier with eight different types of major programs including Chemistry, Chemistry ACS (with American Chemical Society Certification), Biochemistry, Chemistry Premed (Chemistry Pre-professional), Chemistry Pre-pharmacy, Chemistry/Pharmacy Dual Degree (3+4), Dual Degree Chemical Engineering (3+2), and Chemistry Education.

We have a very research active department and many of our students earn money by conducting research with our faculty in projects funded by research grants. In addition, we have an award winning Chemistry Club that participates in community and departmental service activities, seminars, and chemistry experiment demos across the city.

We pride ourselves on our quality of instruction, faculty, undergraduate research, instrumentation, and the accomplishments of our students. If you are interested in a career in chemistry, medicine, pharmacy, drug design, cancer research, environmental chemistry, alternate energy sources, cosmetic chemistry, science education, nanotechnology, engineering, or many other exciting occupations, consider majoring in chemistry at Xavier. Feel free to contact the Chemistry Department Head for more information. 

2020 Xavier University of Louisiana Chemistry Department Awards

Mission Statement

The Chemistry Department at Xavier University of Louisiana shares the University's Mission and supports it by preparing students to create a more just and humane society through careers in pharmacy, medicine, education, biomedical and chemical sciences, and related areas. As a Department, our goal is to prepare Xavier students for careers that are impactful through leadership and service. By promoting scientific knowledge, understanding of the scientific process, professional development, critical and analytical thinking, and quantitative reasoning, we prepare Xavier students to enter the scientific workforce or pursue graduate and professional studies.


Xavier University of Louisiana (XULA), Georgia Institute of Technology (GA Tech), Auburn University (AU), US Army Research laboratory (ARL), and NASA Glenn Research Center (GRC) investigators are collaborating to study the interfacial properties of electrodes and solid electrolytes. The goal is to improve transport and stability across the interfaces that will lead to the development of Solid High Energy Lithium Batteries (SHELiB)

XULA is one the premier institutions in graduating African American students in biology, chemistry, and physics. This project will contribute to that trend of improving diversity in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) workforce by engaging students from underrepresented minority groups in cutting-edge research in energy storage technologies for Space, one of NASA’s most critical projects. Together with its academic and national laboratory partners, XULA will build a collaborative environment that will prepare students to tackle problems of critical importance to our nation’s future.

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ACS Chem Club

The Xavier ACS Chem Club is a student chapter of the American Chemical Society, the largest scientific organization in the world dedicated to a single science. The national office of the ACS has recognized the Xavier chapter for outstanding or commendable achievements each year since 2000. Club members participate in a wide variety of community service activities and social events, and they offer a mentoring program to new students each year. Active members also attend conferences each year, with recent trips to Salt Lake City, Chicago, and Atlanta. For further information regarding the Chem Club, contact the executive board at or the club co-advisor, Dr. Mike Adams, at

Phi Lambda Upsilon (PLU) 

The Xavier Chemistry Department is proud to host the Beta Xi chapter of Phi Lambda Upsilon (PLU), the national Chemistry Honor Society. This chapter was the first ever to be established on an HBCU campus and is still one of only a few. Students with 20 hours of Chemistry and commendable GPAs are invited to join this service oriented honor society which organizes numerous departmental, university and community service activities each year. For further information regarding PLU, contact the executive board at or the club advisor, Dr. Stassi DiMaggio,

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Contact Us


  • College of Pharmacy Building Rm. 100
    • 909 S Jefferson Davis Parkway
    • New Orleans
    • LA 70125