Department of Chemistry and Physics

Visit from Orchard Knob Middle School students (Dec 3, 2019)

Orchard Knob Middle School students visited the Chemistry and Physics Department and were entertained by various interesting lab experiments.  The visit was highlighted in Monthly newsletter of the Hamilton County School District.


Chemistry Fun Day at Creative Discovery Museum (Oct 26, 2019)

To celebrate science on Chemistry Fun Day, Creative Discovery Museum participated in fascinating experiments involving chemical reactions in connection with National Chemistry Week. On Saturday October 26, 2019, between 12 and 4pm, 14 Chemistry Club members presented hands on chemical reaction experiments on the museum floor for 100+ children including our own Abbi, Kepler, Katherine, and Kristine. The projects included Volcano/Jack-O-Lantern, Building a Battery, Chemistry is Colorful, Nature of Dye, Sublimation Bubbles, and Elephant’s toothpaste.


Outreach Activity at Battle Academy (Aug 16, 2019)

On August 16th, the Multiage classroom teachers (Ms. Dorothy Love and Ms. Ashleigh Snyder) from Battle Academy and UTC Chemistry faculty (Drs. Titus Albu and Jisook Kim) got together to provide a hands-on chemistry activity with 39 kids (Mixture of kindergarteners and first graders). Every Friday, the Multiage class at Battle Academy celebrates Fun Friday with various topics, and the topic for the first Fun Friday was “Scientists”. Being chemists, we realized this would be a great opportunity for us to provide a hands-on chemistry activity with kids, and the theme was Acid-Base reaction. We used commonly found, safe house-hold items such as vinegar and baking soda with food dye which added a colorful fun into the reaction. The activity started with Ms. Love’s introduction about what scientists do. A demo was given by Titus as he added acid into base. Finally, kids got to add acid into base, while making a fizzy foam or a volcano as they called it. At the end, we did not forget about washing hands following a safety procedure. They were all excited and learned what chemists do.


33nd Annual Summer Undergraduate Research Program (2019)


Physics student wins first prize

Sara Bey, physics student, and Dr. Allen attended the Tennessee Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers Conference and won 1st prize for her poster presentation! Congratulations!

Student and faculty attend National ACS meeting!

Luccas Do Carmo and Dr. Lee attended the national meeting representing the department at an event that host thousands of chemist.

Dr. Rybolt and Connor Frye Highlighted on Science Trends!

Chemistry and Physics Fall 2018 Open House!

Dr. Ling Jun Wang was the Keynote Speaker at the International Conference on Theoretical and Applied Physics in Vienna, Austria!


Jacob Ewald Presents at the ACS 2018 National Meeting in Boston!


UTC Students Selected to Participate in the Pre-medical Elective Program!

Each year, students can apply to participate in a joint course with the UT Health Science Chattanooga where they have the opportunity to work alongside medical faculty, residence, and medical students. This is a grand opportunity to gain clinical experiences and ask questions as well as to meet those practicing medicine. This year's participants are pictured below.

pre-med 2018

32nd Annual Summer Undergraduate Research Program (2018) comes to an end!

Students presented their summer research to the faculty and are now preparing to their regional meetings.


2018 Summer Research Students in Action!

Since 7 May, our undergraduate research students have been working in their labs! You can walk around their work areas and see them engaged in their projects!


Congratulations to our May 2018 Graduating Students!

The department had 27 students graduate during May commencement! We will truly miss seeing you in Grote Hall! We wish you the best! A few pictures of our graduates and faculty!


Three Faculty Retire!

We will truly miss Dr. Mebane, Dr. Meyer, and Dr. Hamilton! They have been instrumental to the success of our students and department!


Department Celebrates its Annual Awards Banquet in April 2018!

Each year, we gather to socialize and present awards to our students for their academics and service to the department! The attendance was fabulous!  Join us in congratulating our students who received awards! We are proud to honor students who excel in their studies.


Chemistry and Physic Spring 2018 Open House!

The department welcomed back current and new students of the department! We had over 50 attendees at the social event where we learn more about each other while enjoying pizza and cupcakes!

Our next social event will the the Scholarships and Awards Banquet set for 21 April 2018! Hope to see you there!


Jones Observatory Schedule

Join us to experience and discover the wonders of our universe! You can contact Mr. Jack Pitkin at 423.425.4518 or if you have any questions.

Congratulations to our Fall 2017 Graduates!

There were six departmental students participating in fall 2017 commencement and 11 graduates. Isam Ghazi, Andrea Hixson, William Hutcheson, Zack Keltch, Tyler Khan, Lee Mcmains, Morgan Murphy, Andrew Parratt, William Parsons, Brinda Patel, and Amanda Scott are graduates from the department. Please join me in congratulating our students!


UTC Jones Observatory activities in Fall 2017!

The Fall 2017 public night outreach program conducted at the UTC Jones Observatory came to an end Sunday night.  We conducted 6 public night presentations and served approximately 163 people. This is an average of 27 guests per presentation. Mr. Jack Pitkin with a host of volunteers manages the observatory that provides the campus and community an opportunity to experience the wonders of space.


Student Presents at Materials Research Society 2017.

Alex Waters presents at the annual conference with Dr. Tatiana Allen. The conference was held from 26 November to 1 December in Boston, Massachusetts.


Honoring our Retiring Faculty!

The department gathered to honor our distinguished members who have served the department in teaching, research and service. Dr. Rob Mebane, Dr. Gail Meyer, and Dr. Harriet Hamilton will be truly missed.


2017  Southeastern Section of the American Physical Society.

Physics research faculty and students attend the meeting in Milledgeville, Georgia. The physics students traveled to present their research conducted during the past year!


2017 Southeast Region Meeting of the American Chemical Society.

Chemistry research faculty and students attended the meeting held in Charlotte, North Carolina. The students have been been working since summer in preparation for this event!


Three Chemistry Graduates Chosen!

Dr. Rybolt shared this article with the department and found three graduates chosen as among the best in the past 100 years. Tennessee Alumnus magazine, celebrating its 100th birthday.

Grote                                          schmidt                                    weber

Irvine Grote                                              Diane Schmidt                                 Randal Weber

Scientist                                                      Scientist and Inventor                     Surgeon

1922                                                              1967                                                    1974

Physics Club in Action!

The physics students are at the Creative Discovery Museum! They were giving demonstrations and enjoying the excitement of the visitors!


Chemistry Club in Action!

The ACS student affiliates were in action in the Creative Discovery Museum! This affiliation has been ongoing for over 10 years!


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Fall 2017 Undergraduate Research Program Posters

The department held its fall poster day in Grote Hall on 27 October. This event gave the students an opportunity to share their experiences during the summer and display the data they collected during their time in the laboratory. The research students will be taking their research to present at their conferences in the next year.

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Open House and Post-mole day Celebration!

We had a wonderful turnout! It gave the department an opportunity to relax while enjoying lunch. We were able to meet and get to know the incoming majors as well as to catchup with current majors.

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Sigma PI Sigma Honors Alex and Evyn!