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William T Pennington Jr


Dept Chair/Head

Alumni Distinguished Professor of Chemistry

Hunter Hall 219A [Office]
Hunter Hall 316 [Lab]


Educational Background

B.A, Chemistry, Hendrix College, 1977
Ph.D, Inorganic Chemistry, University of Arkansas, 1983

Profile/About Me

Bill Pennington is Alumni Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Chemistry at Clemson University. He received a B.A. in chemistry at Hendrix College, a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry working with Wally Cordes at the University of Arkansas, and did postdoctoral work with Iain Paul and David Curtin at the University of Illinois. After two years in industry at Molecular Structure Corporation, he moved to Clemson, where he has worked for the last 30+ years.

Research Interests

Halogen bonding, crystal chemistry, and the use of polydiacetylenes as bio-and chemicosensors.


American Chemical Society
American Crystallographic Association
Phi Kappa Phi
Sigma Xi
South Carolina Academy of Sciences

Honors and Awards

Charles H. Stone Award, 2010
Philip H. Prince Award for Innovative Teaching, 2009
Class of 1939 Award for Faculty Excellence, 2008
Class of 1940 Douglas W. Bradbury Award for Contributions to the Calhoun Honors College, 2007
Governor’s Award for Excellence in Science, Clemson University, 2002
Award of Excellence for Teaching in the Sciences, Clemson University, 2000
Editor, Journal of Chemical Crystallography, (April 1, 2000- present)
International Advisory Board, HALCHEM
International Advisory Board, International Symposium on X-Bonding


Director, EUREKA! program, 2006-present
Director, NSF/REU supported Summer Undergraduate Research Program, 1996-2002; Co-Director, 2016-present