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Professors Christine Isborn, Mike Colvin and Hrant Hratchian
Theoretical and Computational Chemistry
Theory faculty Isborn, Colvin, Pribram-Jones and Shi model atoms, moles, proteins and materials using quantum chemistry, molecular dynamics and statistical mechanics. 
Professor Anne Kelley
Anne Kelley's Group
uses raman scattering to study the energetics and properties of molecules, materials and nanocrystals. 
Professor Ryan Baxter
Advancing Organic Chemistry Education
Chemistry Professor Ryan Baxter received a CAREER award from NSF to help advance his lab’s work developing new strategies for initiating radical chemical reactions to engineer mild...
Chemistry Professor Patti LiWang
Innovative Delivery System
Patti LiWang's research group had figured out how to make some of the most potent HIV inhibitors even more powerful.

Welcome

Our research programs range from studying how HIV targets cells and the chemical origins of life to visualizing chemical reactions and improving solar cell efficiencies. Our faculty members are committed to excellence in research and instruction, and have won a variety of awards at regional, national and international levels. 

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Featured News

January 14, 2021

Two new projects designed and led by UC Merced researchers will address challenges facing many Californians — wildfire recovery and agricultural labor — but will also have global reach. Both are...

December 21, 2020

Professor Tao Ye and colleagues have received a $1.18 million grant from the Department of Energy to study how DNA molecules can arrange themselves into nanostructures that could form the basis of...

November 24, 2020

About 35 percent of Americans have metabolic syndrome, a group of risk factors that raises the risk of cardiovascular disease — the leading cause of death in the United States. If you have three of...

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Seminars

Chemistry seminars are held on Fridays, from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m., in COB 267. See the seminar page for a list of past and upcoming seminars.