Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

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  • Research in the College of Sciences

    The College of Sciences has created a video that highlights just a few areas where our scientists are having an impact on issues affecting those living in the desert southwest and beyond, from sustainable energy and cancer treatments to personalized medicine and wildfires.

  • Homegrown Scholar

    A nearly native Las Vegan, Nemanja Novakovic had planned to leave Nevada when it came time for college. But that was before he discovered his academic dreams could be fulfilled at UNLV.

  • UNLV to Advance Nuclear Forensics Research as Part of National Consortium

    Radiochemistry program teaming with universities, national labs for research and development in nuclear science and security; five-year grant funded by U.S. Department of Energy.

  • Cleaner Rare Earths

    Our high-tech marvels demand rare earth metals and oxides. Chemistry professor David Hatchett is working to make extracting them less toxic and more efficient.

  • 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.


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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