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Department of Chemistry

Welcome to the web site for the Department of Chemistry at New Mexico Tech. This web site provides information on our academic programs, a list of departmental personnel, descriptions of our graduate and undergraduate degree programs, a schedule of seminars and events, and departmental news.

Students can earn the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in chemistry at New Mexico Tech. The Department offers an option in Biochemistry at the B.S. and M.S. levels and an option in Environmental Science at the B.S. level. The department offers a minor in Chemistry at the undergraduate level.

Chemistry is a very flexible degree. Graduates can readily find employment in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries. Chemists are also in demand at federal laboratories and other research institutions. Chemistry is an excellent preparation for medical, veterinary, dental, and pharmacy school. Many of our undergraduates go on to graduate studies in Chemistry and Biochemistry.


Our Research

Research groups led by the New Mexico Tech Chemistry faculty investigate topics falling under two general categories: Biomedical Chemistry and Environment/Sustainability.

Biomedical Chemistry

Work in this area includes synthesis of natural products and medicinal compounds (Tello-Aburto and Frolova), development of fluorescent biosensors (Heagy), computer simulations of molecular dynamics relevant to metabolism and disease (Pias), and development of bioanalytical devices (Piyasena).


Our research in this area addresses atmospheric chemistry and global climate change (Wingenter and Rubasinghege), solar energy (Heagy), and green chemistry (Frolova). More details on our faculty and their research programs are available on our People page and on the faculty’s individual web pages. You are encouraged to contact directly any faculty member whose research interests you.

Departmental News

Ph.D. candidate Oluwaseun Ogunro and Prof. Oliver Wingenter have been invited to the 2014 OCB Summer Science Workshop, held July 21-24 at MIT's Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Mr. Ogunro will present, "Modeling the impacts of organic macromolecules and chlorophyll on Arctic sea ice."

The Department welcomes Gayan Rubasinghege as a new faculty member specializing in analytical chemistry.

Lili Bao has completed her Ph.D. under the mentorship of Michael Heagy, with part of her work being published as an article in Current Organic Chemistry.

The journal Chemistry of Heterocyclic Compounds has published a special issue dedicated to the memory of Professor Igor Magedov, a distinguished medicinal and heterocyclic chemist who spent the last six years of his life with the Department.

Sally Pias has received a generous research gift from the Glendorn Foundation, in support of her work on the role of cholesterol in cancer pathology.

Michael Heagy has earned a grant through the NSF to support his solar energy related research.

Ph.D. candidate Oluwaseun Ogunro has taken part in an international climate change workshop in China.

Departmental Events

Check back in the early Fall for our departmental seminar series announcements.