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


The American Chemical Society honored George Muller, a former student of Dan Little, with the Heroes of Chemistry Award in August 2015. 

A former postdoctoral fellow in the Stucky Group has been named a MacArthur Fellow.

Professor Dan Little has been selected as the winner of the Jaroslav Heyrovsky Prize for Molecular Electrochemistry from the International Society of Electrochemistry.  

Chancellor Henry Yang announced on August 3, 2015 that Professor Alison Butler has been named the Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Personnel at UCSB, responsible for academic personnel matters.

Professor Songi Han was awarded the Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Prize from the Humboldt Foundation

Professor Javier Read de Alaniz was named the 2015-16 Plous Award Winner, one of UCSB's highest honors

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.