Department of Chemistry

  • Steeped in Research

    Local high school teachers trek to Chinese hot springs with a UNLV team to immerse themselves in field experiences and bring back new approaches to teaching.

  • C. diff Prevention

    UNLV faculty discoveries have commercial applications with value to the university, the private sector, and ultimately, you. Chemistry professor Ernesto Abel-Santos has discovered a compound that keeps Clostridium difficile spores from germinating.

  • College of Sciences Alumna of the Year

    Andrée Prigoda Reed was recently named the College of Sciences Alumna of the Year. She taught for 33 years in the Clark County School District and is currently an adjunct chemistry professor at the College of Southern Nevada. Her love of chemistry and education is a life-long passion. Learn more about how Reed ended up at UNLV and how she left her imprint on the Lily Fong building.

  • 'The Machine' is UNLV's Star Research Attraction

    Led by chemistry professor Clemens Heske, UNLV's Energy Conversion Research Group uses the machine to study surfaces and interfaces of devices devoted to the conversion of energy.
  • Dennis Lindle Named Distinguished Professor

    Physical chemist receives the highest honor the university bestows on faculty members.


Welcome to the Department of Chemistry! 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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