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


The NIH New Innovator Award is designed to "support unusually creative new investigators with highly innovative research ideas at an early stage of their career." 

The Department congratulates Dr. Abigail Knight, Dr. Yann Fichou, Dr. Claudio Parolo, and Dr. Celia Blanco de Torres as recipients of postdoctoral fellowships supporting their research.

Congratulations Thuy-Ai (Bi) Nguyen!

It is with great pleasure that the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry welcomes Prof. Mahdi Abu-Omar as out newest faculty member.

After 41 years of dedicated service to the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and the University of California, Santa Barbara, Prof. Dan Little has retired effective July 1, 2016. 

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 Highlight

Shedding light on a dark solution: new insights into the classic iodine-starch reaction from the Seshadri and Wudl groups published in Angewandte Chemie. 
Click here to read the original article and click here to read the UCSB Current article.

Professor Guillermo Bazan

Four UCSB chemistry faculty members are named Highly Cited Researchers of 2015 by Thomson Reuters. Professors Gui Bazan, Craig Hawker, Alan Heeger, and Thuc-Quyen Nguyen were included on this prestigious list of leading researchers. This list honors investigators having multiple papers with the top 1% of citations in their discipline.

New advance in green chemistry published in Science by the Lipshutz group: inexpensive nanoparticles catalyze a C-C bond-forming reaction. 

Click here to view past research highlights.