Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

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  • The Platinum Treatment

    UNLV chemistry Bryan Spangelo and his team of researchers patent a chemotherapy compound that uses a heavy metal derivative to improve cancer treatment.

  • Abel-Santos Team Receives $3.25 Million Grant from NIH

    UNLV chemistry professor Ernesto Abel-Santos and his team have received a five-year, $3.25 million award from the National Institutes of Health to develop a more potent and stable drug to prevent Clostridium difficile, or C. difficile.

  • I Am Sciences: Daniel Mast

    Daniel Mast lived his entire life in the green that is the Pacific Northwest but came to UNLV to join a world-class radiochemistry program. He is working collaboratively with the high pressure group and has discovered how exciting it is to work with diamond-anvil cells and to manipulate the atom structure just by squeezing it.

  • Three-Dimensional Model Kits Let Students Visualize Molecules

    Organic chemistry students are benefiting from new three-dimensional molecular model kits that they can borrow from the UNLV University Libraries. The models are sized for concept and portability.

  • Getting to Know Sciences

    Have you ever wondered why a student is studying biology or mathematics? Curious about what type of research is happening here? Or have you ever thought about what career options there are for someone who has a degree from the College of Sciences? Those questions and more are answered as you get to know some of our best and brightest.


Welcome to the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry! The science of chemistry deals with the composition, analysis, structure, and properties of matter and the various transformations matter may undergo. The department’s curriculum meets the needs of students intending to enter the workforce or pursue advanced training in the sciences, medicine, and other professional and technical fields.

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