Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

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Welcome to the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry! 


**Note that due to the coronavirus pandemic, all face-to-face instruction is suspended.** You can contact the department by emailing to [email protected] or [email protected]. You may also call us at 323-343-2300 and someone will get back to you within 24 hours. Please see for the latest information on the Cal State LA response to the coronavirus situation.

Chemistry and Biochemistry Department Office
Biological Sciences Room 336
323-343-2300 (office)
Department Office Hours:  M-Th 8:30am-6pm; F 8:30am-5pm


The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is dedicated to providing a high-quality education in the disciplines of chemistry and biochemistry in an environment that encourages hands-on research participation by students. The Department offers programs leading to a Bachelors of Science degrees (B.S.) in Chemistry and in Biochemistry and a Masters of Science (M.S.) degree with thesis, Biochemistry, and comprehensive examination options.

A major strength of the department is the commitment of the full-time faculty to research involving undergraduate and graduate students. This research commitment is an integral part of our teaching. Nearly 100 students are currently participating in independent research programs under the direction of chemistry and biochemistry faculty. A research project is required in all options in the MS Chemistry program, and at the undergraduate level can be used for elective credit.

SAVE THE DATE!  The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is celebrating William Wimberley for his 41 years of service and dedication to the Department, University, and most importantly our students. The celebration will be Friday, April 16, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. Pacific time. ZOOM information will be emailed prior to this celebration. To RSVP or contribute to a retirement gift for Bill, please email Vicki Kubo Anderson at vkuboan (at), thank you!

**FREE Tutoring is available for chemistry classes at the Center for Academic Success and  by student members of the Chemistry and Biochemistry Club! **

Department Faculty 2019

Dept of Chem and BioChem faculty  outside stairs of La Kretz Hall






Department Faculty 1961 

              Group photo of Chem & Biochem faculty in 1961


Recent Publications from our Department

From Dr. Selke and Dr. Liu

Hao, Y.; Liu, B.; Bennett, T.; Monsour, C.G.; Selke, M.; Liu, Y. Determination of the Singlet Oxygen Quantum Yield of a Porphyrinic Metal-Organic Framework. J. Phys. Chem2021, DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.1c00310 

From Dr. Liu

Luo, H.B.; Castro, A.J.; Wasson, M.C.; Flores, W.; Farha, O.K.; Liu, Y. Rapid, Biomimetic Degradation of a Nerve Agent Simulant by Incorporating Imidazole Bases into a Metal-Organic Framework. ACS Catal2021, DOI: 10.1021/acscatal.0c04565

From Dr. Vozka

Jin, K.; Vozka, P.; Gentilcore, C.; Kilaz, G.; Hwa, N.; Wang, L. Low-pressure hydrothermal processing of mixed polyolefin wastes into clean fuels. Fuel2021, DOI: 10.1016/j.fuel.2021.120505

From Dr. Selke:

Arevalo, G.E.; Cagan, D.A.; Monsour, C.G.; Garcia, A.C.; McCurdy, A.; Selke, M. A Photoprotective Effect by Cation-π-Interaction? Quenching of Singlet Oxygen by an Indole-Cation-π Model System. Photochem. Photobiol.  2020, DOI: 10.1111/php.13287

From Dr. Wang

Garcia, A.;Wang, S.; Tao, N.; Shan, X.; Wang, Y. Plasmonic Imaging of Oxidation and Reduction of Single Gold Nanoparticles and Their Surface Structural Dynamics. ACS Sens2020, DOI: 10.1021/acssensors.0c02055

Parres-Gold, J.; Chieng, A.; Wong Su, S.; Wang, Y. Real-Time Characterization of Cell Membrane Disruption by α-Synuclein Oligomers in Live  SH-SY5Y Neuroblastoma Cells. ACS Chem. Neurosci. 2020, DOI: 10.1021/acschemneuro.0c00309

From Dr. Zurita-Lopez

Leal, J.A. Estrada-Tobar, Z.M., Wade, F., Mendiola, A.J.P., Meza, A., Mendoza, M., Nerenberg, P.S., Zurita-Lopez, C.I. Phosphoserine inhibits neighboring arginine methylation in the RKS motif of histone H3. Arch Biochem Biophys2020, [Online early access]DOI: 10.1074/jbc.RA119.011790

From Dr. Hayes:

Santibanez, P.I.; Hayes, M.L. A plant pentatricopeptide repeat protein with a DYW-deaminase domain is sufficient for catalyzing C-to-U RNA editing in vitro. J Biol Chem2020, DOI: 10.1074/jbc.RA119.011790

From Dr. Liu:

Klein, S.E.; Sosa, J.D.; Castonguay, A.C.; Flores, W.I.; Zarzar, L.D.; Liu, Y. Green synthesis of Zr-based metal-organic framework hydrogel composites and their enhanced adsorptive properties. Inorg. Chem. Front. 2020, DOI: 10.1039/D0QI00840K

From Dr. Aruoma:

Preuss, H.G.; Aruoma, O.I. Suggestions for Combatting COVID-19 by Natural Means in the Absence of Standard Medical Regimens. Journal of the American College of Nutrition2020, DOI: 10.1080/07315724.2020.1779554

Agnihotri, A.A.; Aruoma, O.I. Alzheimer's Disease and Parkinson's Disease: A Nutritional Toxicology Perspective of the Impact of Oxidative Stress, Mitochondrial Dysfunction, Nutrigenomics and Environmental Chemicals. Journal of the American College of Nutrition2020, DOI: 10.1080/07315724.2019.1683379