Department of Chemistry

A promising breakthrough against a deadly foe: Streptococcus pneumoniae

Results of research by chemical biologist Yftah Tal-Gan and his team may lead to medical advances to aid the treatment or prevention of deadly bacterial diseases like Streptococcus pneumoniae in the future.

Learn more about Professor Tal-Gan's research

Chemistry is the central science, and its principles operate in all aspects of our daily lives. Understanding chemistry is fundamental in understanding the world around us, everything from energy to biology, medicine to materials, and more. Our Department offers an exceptional foundational undergraduate program as well as three graduate degrees, including one interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Chemical Physics. Research is conducted in state-of-the-art facilities at the University as well as through scientific collaborations at research centers across the country.

Department of Chemistry news

Researcher Yftah Tal-Gan in a white lab coat and safety glasses standing near lab equipment

A promising breakthrough against a deadly foe: Streptococcus pneumoniae

Prestigious science journal publishes College of Science researchers’ milestone findings

Dr. Voronova point to a beaker filled with a liquid and a white opaque gas while a group of young students look on.

Bringing chemistry into K-12 classrooms

The Chemistry Demonstration Series, launched by a professor-student duo, ignites a passion for science in K-12 learners.

2 faculty member sitting at desk in office with neuroscience-related images on the computer screens

Institute for Neuroscience to help a multidisciplinary center of excellence become even stronger

James Kenyon named director of University of Nevada, Reno institute designed to complement and extend the energy, experience and potential in the neurosciences

State-of-the-art facilities Explore the Department of Chemistry's facilities and equipment available to our students, including a full list of laboratory support staff.
Female student conducting an experiment using a chemistry glove box.
The promise of chemical ecology The Hitchcock Center for Chemical Ecology enhances the highly successful interdisciplinary and international collaborations in the field of chemical ecology.
Chris Jeffrey inspecting a leaf in the jungle.