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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 Ranasinghe) 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 Events

49ers Celebration - Please join us for an alumni reunion for the Chemistry department, along with Biology, Materials, Civil and Environmental Engineering, as well as Psychology and Education. The event will be held in the Macey Center upper lobby, 6:30-10:00p.m. on Friday, October 17, 2014.

Click to view our Fall 2014 list of departmental seminars, held Fridays at noon in Cramer 120.

Departmental News

Rodolfo Tello-Aburto has recently published a paper in Tetrahedron Letters with undergraduate student Alyssa Lucero and Biology colleague Snezna Rogelj.

The Department welcomes two new faculty members: physical chemist Mahinda Ranasinghe and analytical chemist Gayan Rubasinghege.

Atmospheric chemist Prof. Oliver Wingenter was invited to participate in the Climate Engineering Conference 2014 in Berlin.

Ph.D. candidate Oluwaseun Ogunro and Prof. Oliver Wingenter were invited to present at the 2014 OCB Summer Science Workshop, held July 21-24 at MIT's Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

Recent Ph.D. graduate Dr. Lili Bao published a portion of her dissertation work as an article in Current Organic Chemistry.

The journal Chemistry of Heterocyclic Compounds 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 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 National Science Foundation support for solar energy research.