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.

Jeffrey Rack
Professor and Chair

Upcoming Seminars

All Seminars will be held in SMLC 102 at 4:00pm unless otherwise indicated

August 30, 2019


Dr. Gayan Rubasinghege - New Mexico Tech University, Socorro, NM

September 20, 2019


Dr. Ana de Bettencourt Dias - University of Nevada, Reno, Chemistry Department

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Upcoming Events

Faculty Retreat

Aug. 16, 9:00 AM
CTLB 230

Graduate Student Meet & Greet

Aug. 16, 12:30 PM
Clark Hall NW Patio

ACS National Meeting

Aug. 25, 8:00 AM
San Diego Convention Center 111 W. Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101

Current News

Welcome Jennifer Benitez!

Posted: Wed Aug 14 2019 15:20:48

Fall Classes Begin

Posted: Tue Aug 13 2019 14:23:02

Welcome Dr. Brad Watson

Posted: Mon Jun 03 2019 14:26:40