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

September 15, 2017

Harnessing photochemistry and photophysics of metal complexes for responsive metallosupramolecular materials

Dr. Alexis Ostrowski, Department of Chemistry, Bowling Green State University

September 22, 2017

Plasmon-assisted Artificial Photosynthesis

Dr. Martin Moskovits

September 29, 2017


Dr. Mark Johnson, Yale University

October 6, 2017


Dr. John Grey, UNM

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Chem TV

Use of polymers to extract oil from water

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Upcoming Events

The Chemistry of Green Chile

Sep. 28, 5:30 PM
Centennial Engineering Center

Kahn Lecture

Sep. 29, 4:00 PM
Clark Hall Room 101

The 10th Annual Riley O. Schaeffer

Oct. 20, 3:15 PM
Clark Hall Room 101

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