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


Seven faculty members and four graduate student TA’s, were honored on April 21 at a reception and Academic Senate Faculty Legislature meeting.

Congratulations to Caitlin McDowell, Alicia Smith, Zhixun Wang, Zhitong Zheng, Faady Siouri, and...

Congratulations to Jacob Barrett, David Cao, Yvonne...

Thuc-Quyen Nguyen, a professor of chemistry and biochemistry at UC Santa Barbara, has received the Humboldt Research Award from Germany’s Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. The award is presented in recognition of her groundbreaking achievements in science research. Nguyen is internationally known for developing a solution-processable small molecule used in organic solar cells — plasticlike photovoltaics that produce electricity from sunlight.

Professor Stucky will receive the “Spirit of Innovation” award in a new program recognizing area innovators. The inaugural Central Coast Innovation Awards will be held March 24. 

Professors Craig Hawker and Galen Stucky were elected to the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) for 2015 for their "highly prolific spirit of invention."

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.