Christopher Goh

Associate Professor of Chemistry, Faculty Fellow of the Davis Center and the Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity

Thompson Chemistry Lab Rm 121


Christopher Goh is Faculty Fellow of the Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity and the Davis Center, Associate Professor of Chemistry. He joined the Williams chemistry department in 2007, and he teaches general and inorganic chemistry and instrumental methods of analysis. He has co-authored forty publications and in recent years, given more than a dozen academic presentations around the country. His research activities have centered on catalysis, and included making models of the active site of enzymes, and devising methods for making polymeric materials such as polypropylene, polystyrene and butyl rubber used in products such as Saran wrap or the inner tubes of bicycle tires. Professor Goh has advised more than a dozen students working on theses and independent study projects, and over two dozen students for summer research. His research has received funding from the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund, the Hellman Foundation and the Research Corporation for Science Advancement.

He has significant experience and success around inclusive pedagogy and work with faculty, staff, and students on campus. He redesigned the college’s introductory chemistry class to emphasize additional development of problem solving skills and in-class activities to encourage and foster group learning. In addition, he has served as a member of the Academic Standing Committee, Committee on Educational Policy, Writing Advisory Board, Committee on Undergraduate Life, and Faculty Review Panel.


B.S. University of Durham
Ph.D. Harvard University


Current Committees

  • Committee on Academic Standing
  • Mentor, Gaius Charles Bolin Fellows
  • STEM-student workshops (research opportunities)
  • Summer Science Program
  • Davis Projects for Peace Selection Committee
  • Faculty recruiting
  • CHEM 335: Inorganic/Organometallic Chemistry
  • CHEM 338: Bioinorganic Chemistry
  • CHEM 494: Senior Research & Thesis