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Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry News

Chemistry, the “central science,” deals with the composition, structure, and properties of matter, especially in chemical reaction. The curriculum meets the needs of students intending to pursue advanced training in the sciences, medicine, and other professional and technical fields.

Current Chemistry and Biochemistry News

UNLV's first conference tournament championship—and automatic bid to the NCAA Championship—since winning the Big West in 1994. It will be the Lady Rebels first NCAA tournament appearance since 2002. March 9, 2022 (Josh Hawkins/UNLV)
Campus News | April 1, 2022

A collection of news stories highlighting the experts and student changemakers at UNLV.

UNLV student Mary Blankenship poses for a photo on campus wearing a vyshyvanka, a traditional embroidered Ukrainian blouse
Research | March 16, 2022

Ukraine native, chemist, and policy researcher Mary Blankenship explains how one aspect of the Russia-Ukraine war is being fought online, on TV, and on social media platforms.

Student researcher Citlally Lopez works in a chemistry lab
Research | March 7, 2022

Organic chemistry undergraduate Citlally Lopez strives to diversify science.

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Campus News | February 17, 2022

Katherine Luebke’s success in UNLV’s radiochemistry doctoral program stems from a lifelong passion for the niche area of study. 

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Campus News | February 15, 2022

Doctoral student Melissa Schofield stepped out of her bubble to explain her work with bacteria and build connections with other students.

Mary Blankenship peers into Scienta
People | September 16, 2021

UNLV undergrad Mary Blankenship blends public policy, science, and economics into a cocktail for successful global change.

Chemistry and Biochemistry In The News

Las Vegas Weekly
April 14, 2022

Biology student Citlally Lopez wants to help medical patients every step of the way.

TV Azteca Noticias
March 31, 2022

Citlally López has two clear goals: to find a cure for cancer , through her new research grant , and to break down the cultural and gender barriers that surround the very masculine world of science .

Voice of America
March 30, 2022

Citlally López has two clear goals: to find a cure for cancer and to break the cultural and gender barriers that surround the very masculine world of science.

STEM Magazine
March 21, 2022

Organic chemistry undergraduate Citlally Lopez strives to diversify science.

March 16, 2022

Don’t let viruses and bacteria spread or make your family sick.

KLAS-TV: 8 News Now
March 11, 2022

UNLV student Citlally Lopez is breaking barriers and making waves in the world of science.

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Recent Chemistry and Biochemistry Accomplishments

April 30, 2022
Kwang Kim (Mechanical Engineering) and Dong-Chan Lee (Chemistry) are inventors of a patent, Fabricating Ionic/Polyimide Membranes with its issue number, US 11,312,851, recently granted by the , the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.   
March 8, 2022
Jun Yong Kang (Chemistry and Biochemistry) has been awarded a patent granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for the invention “Chiral n-heterocyclic phosphorodiamidic acids (NHPAS) and derivatives as novel bronsted acid catalysts” This invention describes new synthetic methods of novel NHPA organocatalysts, which enable efficient…
February 9, 2022
Brandon Williams (Chemistry and Biochemistry) and collaborators at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) published an article, "Steam Oxidation of Uranium Mononitride in Pure and Reducing Steam Atmospheres to 1200 °C.," in the Journal of Nuclear Materials. Williams is a first-year radiochemistry doctoral student. The research is a result…
November 1, 2021
Artem Gelis (Chemistry and Biochemistry) recently published an article, "Recovery of High Specific Activity Molybdenum-99 from Accelerator-induced Fission on Low-enriched Uranium for Technetium-99m Generators," in Scientific Reports. The work is a funded collaboration with Niowave and Argonne National Laboratory and has been accessed 889 times and…
October 20, 2021
James Louis-Jean (Chemistry), a doctoral candidate under the guidance of  S.M. Balasekaran, Paul Forster, and Frederic Poineau published an article in collaboration with the Vietnam University department of inorganic chemistry, "Structural and spectral studies of hydrated hexaamminecobalt(III)–hexafluororhenate(IV)" in the Journal of Fluorine…
May 10, 2021
Mary Blankenship (The Lincy Institute, Brookings Mountain West, Economics, Chemistry) recently had a report published in the Brookings Institution blog, Up Front. The piece, Assessing the Social and Emotional Costs of Mass Shootings with Twitter Data, analyzes emoji and hashtag usage on Twitter after mass shootings and finds that society is…