Graduate student Marisa Weaver in the lab
Graduate students, faculty, and alumni gather at the 2013 Graduate Student Symposium reception


Congratulations to Prof. Alison Butler for receiving the Cope Scholar award from the American Chemical Society!

Congratulations to Martin Moskovits for winning the 2019 E. Bright Wilson Award from the American Chemical Society!

The Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry cordially welcomes Vojtech Vlcek, who joined our...

Professor Songi Han receives the 2019 Biophysical Society (BPS) Innovation Award for her inventions of solid-state and time-domain-capable dynamic nuclear polarization (DNP) instrumentation...

The Department congratulates Prof. Hawker for election to the American Academy of Arts and...

Congratulations to Professor Don Aue and Professor Scott Price for receiving the 2017-18 Distinguished Teaching Award from the UCSB Academic Senate!

Welcome to the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry at UC Santa Barbara!

Our department represents all branches of chemistry, from materials chemistry to chemical biology.  We have 36 faculty, including two Nobel Laureates, a graduate program in Chemistry and Biochemistry, postdoctoral researchers, and staff who are all dedicated to exploring the frontiers of chemical science. Our department is one of the top programs nationally and internationally. UCSB is ranked 8th in the world in citation impact in Chemistry (1997-2007) and 13th in the world in Chemistry (2014 Academic Ranking of World Universities). Across all sciences, UCSB was ranked 2nd in the world in 2013 by the Centre for Science and Technologies Studies at Leiden University. 

We feature a strong collaborative research environment, an ethos maintained by our participation in several interdisciplinary research units on campus.


Research Highlights

Study from the Han group shows that a key Alzheimer’s protein forms liquid droplets that favor pathological aggregation. See the PLoS Biology article and the news report in the Current. (Image credit: Peter Allen)

Research by the Waite group reveals the importance of cation-pi interactions in marine adhesion. Read more in Nature Chemistry: News & Views and the research article.

New advance in biosensing published in PNAS by the Plaxco group. Drug levels can now be monitored in real-time in ambulatory animals. See reports in C&E News and Chemistry World.

Click here to view past research highlights.