Welcome to the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at the University of New Mexico!

Welcome to the University of New Mexico (UNM)
Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology (CCB)!

UNM is the flagship university for the state of New Mexico, the Land of Enchantment. We are located in Albuquerque, NM, 5200 feet above sea level between the Rio Grande and the Sandia Mountains. New Mexico is also home to Sandia National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Air Force Research Laboratory Space Vehicles Directorate, nationally prominent research facilities with collaborative interactions with UNM and CCB.

Our department offers BA, BS, MS, and PhD degrees, with graduate research focus areas in chemical biology, catalysis and synthesis, and photonic and electronic materials. We award 40-50 bachelor’s degrees and 10-15 graduate degrees per year, and teach chemistry to thousands of students in other science and engineering majors. Our students come from across New Mexico, the western U.S., and the world. Our graduates find careers in medicine, industry and research here and across the U.S.

Chemistry and Chemical Biology currently has 20 tenure-track faculty and 5 lecturers supported by 15 staff members. Recent expansion of the Science and Math Learning Center (2015) has provided our organic chemistry students with state-of-the-art teaching laboratories. Recent renovations of Clark Hall, completed in 2016, have provided modern synthetic labs and improved instrument space for our research groups.

Browse this website to see our undergraduate programs, advanced research facilities, diverse faculty research programs and available financial assistance.

Jeffrey Rack
Professor and Chair

Upcoming Seminars

All Seminars will be held in SMLC 102 at 4:00pm unless otherwise indicated

November 16, 2018

Exploring Magnetic Bistability in Molecular Materials: Spin Crossover, Light-Induced Radical Trapping, and Plastic Phases

Professor Michael Shatruk of Florida State University, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry

November 30, 2018


Dr. Jennifer Ann Hollingsworth from the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT) and Materials Physics & Applications Division, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL)

December 7, 2018

Single Electron Processes Enabling Organic Synthesis

Dr. Gary A. Molander, Hirschmann-Makineni Professor of Chemistry, University of Pennsylvania

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Upcoming Events


Nov. 17, 1:00 PM
SMLC Lobby

Current News

Welcome Dr. Yi He to the Chemistry Department

Posted: Thu Aug 30 2018 12:11:04