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, and 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) have 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.

     Steve Cabaniss

     Professor and Chair

Upcoming Seminars

October 6, 2017

Effect of aggregation on electronic couping and spin conversion in conjugated organic semicondutors

Dr. John Grey, UNM

October 20, 2017

The 10th Annual Riley O. Schaeffer: Assembly and Disassembly of Layered Materials

Dr. Tom Mallouk, Penn State

October 27, 2017


Dr. Lina Cui, UNM

November 3, 2017


Dr. Mathew Sigman, University of Utah

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Chem TV

Use of polymers to extract oil from water

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Upcoming Events

The 10th Annual Riley O. Schaeffer

Oct. 20, 3:15 PM
SMLC Room 102

The NMR Spectroscopists of New Mexico

Oct. 21, 8:30 AM
SMLC Room 102

Current News

Congratulations Lina Cui

Posted: Thu Sep 14 2017 16:09:29

Congratulations to Prof. Wei Wang

Posted: Thu Aug 10 2017 13:41:00

Congratulations to Wei Wang

Posted: Thu Aug 10 2017 10:53:24

Congratulations to Prof. Lina Cui

Posted: Fri Aug 04 2017 08:09:41