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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

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People | November 17, 2022

Vice President for Research David Hatchett's first goal is hiring more staff to make it easier for faculty to get grant funding.

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Campus News | July 11, 2022

A collection of news stories highlighting UNLV experts who made headlines locally, nationally, and around the world.

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Research | June 23, 2022

Here's how UNLV's radiochemistry program is building a diverse workforce for the nation's nuclear energy sector.


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.

Chemistry and Biochemistry In The News

Las Vegas Review Journal
June 22, 2022

UNLV researchers are part of a team that will receive nearly $3 million in federal funding for a project focusing on the nuclear energy workforce.

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

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Recent Chemistry and Biochemistry Accomplishments

November 17, 2022
Mary Blankenship (The Lincy Institute, Brookings Mountain West, Chemistry) was invited and participated in a workshop hosted by the US-EU Trade and Technology Council to discuss Russian disinformation in Africa and Latin America. Blankenship has appeared in the media numerous times discussing disinformation and misinformation, and has published…
November 16, 2022
Hui Zhang and Hong Sun’s (both Chemistry and Biochemistry) biochemistry laboratories recently published a research article titled “The Assembly of Mammalian SWI/SNF Chromatin Remodeling Complexes is Regulated by Lysine-Methylation Dependent Proteolysis,” in Nature Communications. This research revealed for the first time how the mammalian SWI/SNF…
August 16, 2022
Cory Rusinek (Chemistry and Biochemistry) was awarded $315,000 from Batelle Savannah River Alliance, LLC for his project titled, "Long-term monitoring of pertechnetate and other radionuclides in groundwater using passive sampling and a novel elecrochemical sensor." The funding comes from the Minority Serving Institutions Partnership Program (MSIPP…
July 28, 2022
Harry Jang (Chemistry and Biochemistry) has been awarded a prize in the Innovations in Nuclear Technology R&D Awards sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, office of nuclear fuel and supply chain. Jang's award is in the Competition for Students at Universities with Less than $600 Million in 2020 R&D Expenditures. His award-winning…
July 26, 2022
Art Gelis, Dan Koury, and Kelly Seeley (all Chemistry and Biochemistry) recently were published in JACS, the Journal of the American Chemical Society for their work, "Transuranium Sulfide via the Boron Chalcogen Mixture Method and Reversible Water Uptake in the NaCuTS3 Family." This research, in collaboration with University of Columbia, South…
July 20, 2022
Mary Blankenship (The Lincy Institute, Brookings Mountain West, Economics, Chemistry) recently had her research on Twitter posts featured in a Las Vegas Review-Journal story and on a City Cast Las Vegas podcast episode. She collects and studies varying public responses on Twitter that occur after a mass shooting. After reviewing tweets responding…