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

October 19, 2018

Beyond Watson & Crick: Roles for Alternative Bases and Folds in the Genome

SCHAEFER LECTURE: Dr. Cynthia J. Burrows, Distinguished Professor and Thatcher Presidential Endowed Chair of Biological Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, University of Utah

October 26, 2018

Conjugated Polymers in Redox Active Devices: Electrochromism and Charge Storage as Case Studies

Dr. John R. Reynolds, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Georgia Tech University

November 2, 2018


Dr. Jeffrey Pyun, Professor, Organic Chemistry Department at the University of Arizona

November 9, 2018

Spectroscopy in Inhomogeneous Electric Fields

Dr. Lasse Jensen, Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Penn State University

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Chem TV

Use of polymers to extract oil from water

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Upcoming Events

The 11th Annual Riley O. Schaeffer

Oct. 19, 3:15 PM
SMLC Room 102

NMR**2 Fall Meeting Number 73

Oct. 27, 1:00 AM
SMLC Room 102

Bond D - Vote November 6th

Nov. 6, 7:00 AM
Vote at your local voting area and don't forget you can vote on campus or at my.unm.edu