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!

We are located between the Rio Grande and the Sandia Mountains in Albuquerque, NM, a metropolitan area of ~600,000 which is also home to Sandia National Laboratory. We offer BA, BS, MS and PhD degrees, with graduate research programs in chemistry, chemical biology and other interdisciplinary areas. Browse this website to see our undergraduate programs, advanced research facilities, diverse faculty research programs and available financial assistance. Our faculty accepts new graduate students each Fall, and you can apply online.

Our department currently has 17 tenure-track faculty and 6 lecturers and visiting faculty supported by 11 staff members. Our students come from across New Mexico, the western U.S., and the world. The UNM student body reflects the diversity of our state, with significant numbers of native American students and classification as a Hispanic-serving institution. Our graduates find careers in medicine, industry and research here and across the U.S.


Steve Cabaniss, PhD.

Upcoming Seminars

August 29, 2014

Teaching and old dog new tricks: Pushing the flowing afterglow to new frontiers in plasma chemistry kinetics

Nicholas S. Shuman

September 5, 2014


Xu Wu

October 3, 2014


Jens Nørskov

October 17, 2014



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Use of polymers to extract oil from water

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