Clark HallOrganometallic synthesis in the Giri lab.Molecular spectroscopy and imaging in the Grey labPolymer synthesis and solar cell device fabrication in the Qin lab

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

Welcome to the website of 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 over 5200 feet above sea level between the Rio Grande and the Sandia Mountains in Albuquerque, NM, a metropolitan area of ~600,000. 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.  

The department offers BA, BS, MS and PhD degrees, with graduate research focus areas in biological chemistry, catalysis and synthesis, and electronic materials and excited state processes. 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.

Our department currently has 18 tenure-track faculty and 5 lecturers supported by 11 staff members. Current construction projects are expanding our teaching laboratories in the Science and Math Learning Center and renovating research laboratory space in Clark Hall.  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

November 14, 2014

Tuning Hsp70 Complexes with Small Molecules

Jason E. Gestwicki

December 5, 2014


Ramesh Giri

December 12, 2014


Terefe Habteyes

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Chem TV

Use of polymers to extract oil from water

Upcoming Events

ACS Regional Meeting

Nov. 19, 9:00 AM
Fort Worth, Texas

Current News

Professor Kirk chosen as co-editor

Posted: Thu Oct 02 2014 12:23:25

New Grant for Professor Grey

Posted: Thu Oct 02 2014 12:20:02