Roy F. Gratz, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, earned a Ph.D. (1970) and A.M. (1968) in organic chemistry from Duke University, after having received a B.S. (1964) in chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh.
Dr. Gratz’s expertise in chemistry is concentrated in the fields of organic and polymer chemistry, and he has received seven patents in this area. He is a past chairman of the Virginia Section of the American Chemical Society, and a member of the Virginia Academy of Science. Dr. Gratz’s articles have been published in several professional journals including the Journal of Organic Chemistry, Journal of Medicinal Chemistry and the Journal of Polymer Science. He also has conducted summer research with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the Naval Air Warfare Center (California) and the Naval Research Laboratory (Washington, D.C.).