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

September 21, 2018

Tuning Reaction Kinetics and Thermodynamics to Control the Magnetic Properties of Nanoparticles

Dr. Dale L Huber Sandia National Laboratories - Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies

September 28, 2018


Dr. Menake Piyasena, Assistant Professor of Chemistry from the New Mexico Institute of Mining & Technology

October 5, 2018

Non-Canonical Heme Oxygenases: A New Chapter of Heme–Oxygen Chemistry

Dr. Matt Liptak, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Vermont

October 19, 2018


SCHAEFER LECTURE: Dr. Cynthia J. Burrows, Distinguished Professor and Thatcher Presidential Endowed Chair of Biological Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, University of Utah

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Chem TV

Use of polymers to extract oil from water

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Upcoming Events

Homecoming 2018: September 24-29

Sep. 24, 10:00 AM
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Bond D - Vote November 6th

Nov. 6, 7:00 AM
Vote at your local voting area and don't forget you can vote on campus or at my.unm.edu