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.

Steve Cabaniss
Professor and Chair

Upcoming Seminars

April 20, 2018

CANCELED: Fragment Coupling and Constructing Quaternary-Carbon Stereocenters Using Carbon Radicals

Dr.Larry Overman of Department of Chemistry University of California, Irvine

April 27, 2018

Complex Formation, Emergent States and Electronic Energy Transfer between Oppositely Charged Conjugated Polyelectrolytes

Dr. Alexander L. Ayzner of University of California Santa Cruz

May 4, 2018

Metastable Metal Complexes Supported by Guanidinate Ligands

Dr. Skye Fortier of University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP)

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Use of polymers to extract oil from water

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Current News

Congratulations to NFS Fellowship Awardees!

Posted: Thu Apr 05 2018 10:49:40

Congratulations to Professor Guo and Dr. Xie!

Posted: Thu Mar 01 2018 14:09:33

Congratulations to the Kirk Group

Posted: Mon Feb 12 2018 15:09:53