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

We represent all branches of chemistry, from materials chemistry to chemical biology. Our 47 faculty, including two Nobel Laureates, a graduate program in Chemistry and Biochemistry, postdoctoral researchers, and staff are all dedicated to exploring the frontiers of chemical science. We pride ourselves in a strong collaborative research environment, an ethos maintained by our connection to several interdisciplinary research units on campus.


The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of California, Santa Barbara invites applications for a one-year, full time Junior Specialist position, with the anticipated soonest start date of December 2018.

Candidates are invited to apply for three faculty openings in Biochemistry, Structural Biochemistry, and Synthetic and Bioorganic Chemistry.


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...

Research Highlights

Gui Bazan's research program is featured in the Advanced Materials Hall of Fame. Read the news highlight and review article.


Pettus group reports the biomimetic synthesis of microtubule inhibitor paecilospirone. See the Synlett article and accompanying news.