The Department maintains full-service machine and glass shops for making custom items needed for cutting edge research. We also have a modern Computational Chemistry and Molecular Modeling Laboratory which features 25 Dell Linux workstations. In order to make needed supplies readily available, the department also operates complete undergraduate and research storerooms.


Glass Shop

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry maintains a full time and in-house glass blowing facility to benefit the research community and the graduate students. The glass shop provides consultation, fabrication and repair of scientific glassware for research and instruction. It is always open for anyone to come and discuss or design work projects. Repairs are fast and easy with Richard’s help. Key strengths of the services are custom design and construction, competitive cost on specialty items, the construction of high quality glass and no limits put to creative ideas.

Facility Manager and Glassblower: Richard Bock;
Location: Chemistry 1520 (inside the Machine Shop)
Phone: 805-893-2022

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Glass Shop


Machine & Wood Shop

The Chemistry and Biochemistry Department machine shop is an in house source for design and fabrication of specialty research equipment as well as repair and modification of almost all hardware used in the scientific environment. With over 50 years of combined experience in the machining and fabrication field, most of those in the academic research environment, the shop staff provides innovative solutions to problems and prompt service. Materials including stainless steel, aluminum, mild steel, brass, copper, machinable ceramics, heat resistant metals such as hastelloy, and plastics are commonly used for the work performed in the shop. A full service wood shop is also on site for any and all wood projects from custom office furniture to high quality and custom shelving and bookcases.

Facility Manager and Machinist I: Bruce Dunson;
Carpenter: Mike Johnson;
Location: Chemistry Building, entrance right to receiving area
Phone: 805-893-2237

Machine Shop

Machine Shop


Computer Support

The Computer Support team manages the departmental email, web and file services, an instructional computing facility, as well the networks in Physical Sciences North and Chemistry buildings. Our team provides network connections (wired and wireless) and desktop support services to the department to support instructional and research activities. Additional computing support is available by recharge for more involved work - computer setup, virus cleanup, software configuration, interfacing with instruments, scripting, research computing etc.

We collaborate with the computing teams at the MRL and CNSI and the Center for Scientific Computing to provide our researchers access to high performance computing resources on campus.

Director of IT:  Ted Cabeen, LifeSci Computing Group
Student Desktop Support:  Karen Lobins
Location: Physical Sciences Building North (PSBN), 2622 & 2618
Phone: 805-893-7955,

Webpage: Computer Support

computer clusters


Undergraduate & Research Storerooms

The teaching and research storeroom is an important in-house resource that assists the undergraduate teaching laboratories, supervises student workers and organizes and supervises the weekly preparation of chemicals, supplies and equipment. The storeroom managers guide faculty, staff and students in the safe handling of chemicals and teach appropriate safety measure for preventing accidents and health hazards in the laboratory. The storeroom managers also assist the testing and developments of new experiments for the teaching laboratories, as well as supply the graduate research laboratories.

Chemistry Storeroom Inventory and Price List

Undergraduate Labs and Storeroom Managers: Elaine Merza and Lisa Stamper
Location: Physical Science Building (PSB) North 1642
Phone: 805-893-2107




The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry offers a full suite of purchasing and shipping and receiving services, located in rooms 1225 and 1432 in the Chemistry building.

Research Storeroom Manager: Cabe Fletcher
Location: Chemistry 1432
Phone: 805-893-7187

Location: Chemistry 1225
Phone: 805-893-2411 

Cabe Fletcher, Purchasing Manager


Departmental Administration

The departmental administration includes the management of department finances, payroll, grants and contracts, travel and supply reimbursement and academic personnel administration. The department administration staff includes a team of eight admin staff members. The department MSO, financial manager, contract and grant analysts, payroll, recharge services and travel assistants, and an academic personnel analyst, as well as work study students. The department administration staff serves as a vital network of support to the Chemistry and Biochemistry, faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, researchers, visitors and staff. The administrative staff is responsible for all aspects of the academic and business management and the successful academic and business operations of the department.

Chemistry MSO: Katie Wright
Location: Room 1007, Building 232
Phone: 805-893-2063

Administrative Directory: Building 232




Student Affairs


The Student Affairs (SA) team, including the SA Manager/Grad Advisor, Undergraduate Advisor, SA Program Assistant and SA Assistant/Peer Advisor(s) are responsible for the operation, support, and development of all departmental student-targeted programs. Creation and organization of quarterly course schedules (including faculty and teaching assistant schedules), graduate application processing, graduate recruitment event planning, annual student award administration, general administrative course support services, and future program development are managed by Student Affairs. Staff Advisors are the first and primary point of contact for all Chemistry and Biochemistry students in need of academic advising. In addition, Student Affairs provides administrative assistance for graduate and undergraduate students, including processing of petitions, progress checks, personal counseling and referral, career resource guidance, and enrollment and waiting list information.

Student Affairs Manager & Graduate Advisor: Mallarie Stevens
Location: Room 1001, Building 232
Phone: 805-893-2638

Undergraduate Staff/Program Advisor: India Madden
Location: Room 1004, Building 232
Phone: 805-893-2931

Student Affairs Program Assistant: Molly Nugent
Location: Room 1004A, Building 232
Phone: 805-893-5675

Student Affairs Assistant & Peer Advisor: Isoleil Montalvo 
Location: Front Desk, Building 232
Phone: 805-893-5675

Interested in Chemistry & Biochemistry merchandise? Check out our new merchandise website and show your departmental pride!