Chemistry & Biochemistry Faculty pictured left to right: (Top row) Bruce Lipshutz, Bernard Kirtman, Galen Stucky, Crisjoe Joseph, Lior Sepunaru, Thuc-Quyen Nguyen, Song-i Han, Martin Moskovits, Alison Butler, Liming Zhang, Bryanna Kunkel, Morgan Gainer. (Bottom row) Norbert Reich, Kevin Plaxco, Gab Menard, Mattanjah De Vries, Peter Ford, Irene Chen, Steve Buratto, Trevor Hayton, Horia Metiu, Rick Dahlquist, Mahdi Abu-Omar, Frank Brown, Tom Pettus, and Petra Van Koppen.
Not pictured: Donald Aue, Guillermo Bazan, Michael Bowers, Paula Bruice, Darby Feldwinn, Craig Hawker, Luc Jaeger, Kalju Kahn, Leroy Laverman, Dan Little, Scott Price, Javier Read de Alaniz, Susannah Scott, Ram Seshadri, Joan-Emma Shea, Vojtech Vlcek, Herbert Waite, and Armen Zakarian.

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

We represent all branches of chemistry, from materials chemistry to chemical biology. Our 44 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 is seeking applicants whose expertise and interests lie in contemporary...

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of California Santa Barbara invites applications for a one-year, part-time Junior Specialist position, with the anticipated soonest start date of July 1, 2019.

Congratulations to Professor Alison Butler for being awarded the Inorganic Reaction Mechanisms...

Congratulations to Professor Alison Butler on her election to the American Academy of Arts and...

We congratulate Professor Trevor Hayton for receiving the Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research...

Research Highlights

New insights into tau protein aggregation in neurodegenerative disease from the Han group is published in PNAS. See The Current news article and journal article for more information.

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.