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

Professor Geoff Blewitt sits alongside a GPS station on a mountain that overlooks the valley of Reno and Sparks, Nev.

Using worldwide GPS data to study changes in Earth’s crust, from the Ice Age to today

The University’s 2020 Outstanding Researcher award recognizes the amazing discoveries, scientific contributions and career of Geoff Blewitt

University of Nevada, Reno chemical biologist Yftah Tal-Gan

Department of Chemistry’s Yftah Tal-Gan receives the 2020 Foundation Early Career Innovator Award

In his first five years, the chemical biologist has led important research on bacterial communication and raised the bar for grant funding

Mick Hitchcock speaks to a room full of University students.

Mick Hitchock offers a message of inspiration to College of Science 2020 graduates

Leading biomedical researcher Mick Hitchcock shares a message of congratulations online in lieu of a traditional graduation speech.

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.