WELCOME to the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UC Santa Barbara!
Our department consists of 35 faculty, 165 graduate students, 30 postdoctoral researchers, and 28 staff members, all dedicated to exploring the frontiers of chemical science. All branches of chemistry are well represented, including materials, inorganic, organic, physical, theoretical, analytical, and biochemical. We also feature a strong collaborative research environment, an ethos which is fostered by the creation of many interdisciplinary research units. Our department is one of the top programs in the country. Over the period 1997-2007 UCSB ranked 8th in the world in its citation impact in chemistry and the department ranked 22nd in the National Research Council rankings. The faculty includes two Nobel Chemistry prize winners (Walter Kohn, 1998, and Alan Heeger, 2000). In addition, UCSB was ranked 2nd in the world in 2013 by the Centre for Science and Technologies Studies at Leiden University and 11th in the US in 2010 by Washington Monthly.
Updated: February 26, 2013 - 12:23pm
On the evening of February 23, 2013, Reba Baker passed quietly in her sleep at age 95. Her generosity and keen wit touched countless members of our university community, and will be dearly missed by all.
Updated: April 30, 2013 - 11:36am
Professor Susannah Scott has been named an Associate Editor of ACS Catalysis
Updated: November 19, 2012 - 5:42pm
The American Chemical Society (ACS) student chapter at UCSB was recently selected to receive a Commendable Award for its activities in the 2011-12 academic year
Updated: November 9, 2012 - 10:23am
Dan Little, Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
Updated: September 18, 2012 - 12:06pm
Fifth year grad student Frank Leibfarth, Hawker Group, was selected for his PhD research in the field of functional polymeric materials
Updated: August 30, 2012 - 12:10pm
Peter Ford and Craig Hawker are both recipients of 2013 American Chemical Society National Awards