Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry


Chemistry and Biochemistry Department Office
Biological Sciences Room 336
323-343-2300 (office)
323-343-6490 (fax)
Department Office Hours:  M-F 8:30am-4:30pm
Department Chair: Krishna Foster
[email protected]

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is dedicated to providing high-quality education in the disciplines of chemistry and biochemistry in an environment that encourages hands-on research student participation. The department offers degree programs leading to a B.S. in Chemistry and Biochemistry and an M.S. in Chemistry with the option of a thesis, Biochemistry, and comprehensive examination culminating activity. 

A major strength of the department is its full-time faculty's commitment to research and mentorship involving undergraduate and graduate students. This research commitment is an integral part of our teaching. Nearly 100 students are participating in independent research programs. For graduate students, a research project is required. For undergraduate students, research can be used as an elective credit.

**FREE tutoring is available for chemistry classes through 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. Liu
Hao, Y., Papazyan, E. K., Ba, Y., & Liu, Y. (2022). Mechanism-guided design of metal-organic framework compositions for selective photooxidation of a mustard gas simulant under solvent-free conditions. ACS Catalysis, 12(1), 363-371.
Kong, Y.-R., Zhang, R., Zhang, J., Luo, H.-B., Liu, Y., Zou, Y., Ren, X.-M. (2021). Microwave-assisted rapid synthesis of nanoscale MOF-303 for hydrogel composites with superior proton conduction at ambient-humidity conditions. ACS Applied Energy Materials, 4(12), 14681-14688.
Liu, M., Zhang, J., Kong, Y.-R., Luo, H.-B., Liu, Y., Ren, X.-M. (2021). Thin films of an untra-stable metal-organic framework for formic acid sensing with high selectivity and excellent reproducibility. ACS Materials Letters, 3(12), 1746-1751.
Luo, H.B., Castro, A. J., Wasson, M. C., Flores, W., Farha, O. K., & Liu, Y. (2021). Rapid, biomemtic degradation of a nerve agent simulant by incorporating imidazole bases into a metal-organic framework. ACS Catalysis, 11(3), 1424-1429.
Zhang, J., He, X., Kong, Y.-R., Luo, H.-B., Liu, Y., Ren, X.-M. (2021). Efficiently boosting moisture retention capacity of porous superprotonic conducting MOF-802 at ambient humidity via forming a hydrogel composite strategy. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 13(31), 37231-37238.
Zhang, J., Zhang, R., Liu, Y., Kong, Y.-R., Luo, H.-B., Zou, Y., Zhai, L., Ren, X.M. (2021). Acidic groups functionalized carbon dots capping channels of a proton conductive metal-organic framework by coordination bonds to improve the water-retention capacity and boost proton conduction. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 13(50), 60084-60091.
Zhang, Li, Y.-L., Fang, Z.-B., Xie, L., Cao, R., Liu, Y., & Liu, T.-F. (2022). Facile Preparation of Hydrogen-Bonded Organic Framework/Cu2O Heterostructure Films via Electrophoretic Deposition for Efficient CO2 Photoreduction. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 14(18), 21050-21058.
From Dr. Andrade
Andrade, B., Knewstub, S. N., Harris, K., Tucker, C. J., Katz, J. S., & Zimmerman, S. C. (2020). Nonionic surfactant properties of amphiphilic hyerbranches polyglycerols. Langmuir, 36(34), 10103-10109.
Bai, S., Wang, J., Yang, K., Zhou, C., Xu, Y., Song, J., Gu, Y., Chen, Z., Wang, M., Shoen, C., Andrade, B., Cynamon, M., Zhou, K., Wang, H., Cai, Q., Oldfield, E., Zimmerman, S. C., Bai, Y., & Feng, X. (2021). A polymeric approach toward resistance-resistant antimicrobial agent with dual-selective mechanisms of action. Science Advances, 7(5).

From Dr. Wang
Beadell, B., Chieng, A., Parducho, K. R., Dai, Z., Ho, S. O., Fujii, G., Wang, Y., & Porter, E. (2021). Nano- and macroscale imaging of cholesterol linoleate and human beta defensin 2-induced changes in pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilms. Antibiotics (Basel), 10(11), 1279-.
Garcia, A., Wang, K., Bedier, F., Benavides, M., Wan, Z., Wang, S., & Wang, Y. (2021). Plasmonic imaging of electrochemical reactions at individual prussian blue nanoparticles. Frontiers in Chemistry, 9, 718666-718666.
From Dr. Vozka
Barzallo, G., Gieng, H., Luu, E. N., Auersvald, M., Straka, P., Vozka, P. (August 2022). Quantitative analysis of Aliphatic Olefins in Alternative and Petroleum-Based Fuels by Comprehensive Two-Dimensional Gas Chromatography. Oral presentation at ACS Fall 2022, Chicago, IL.
Jin, K., Vozka, P., Gentilcore, C., Kilaz, G., Hwa, N., Wang, L. (2021). Low-pressure hydrothermal processing of mixed polyolefin wastes into clean fuels. 
Fuel (Guildford), 294, 120505-.
Modereger, B., Nowling, S.E., Tang Jeff Zhang, W., Jones, M. L., Chapman, N., Cheng, Y., Vozka, P., Peteric, M. E., Kenttamaa, H. I., & Kilaz, G. (2021). Influence of storage conditions, sample handling, sample preparation, and repeated analysis on the measured flash point and hydrocarbon composition of jet a. Fuel (Guildford), 305, 121399-.
Stas, M., Auersvald, M., Vozka, P. (2021). Two-dimensional gas chromatography characterization of pyrolysis bio-oils: A review. Energy & Fuels, 35(10), 8541-8557.
From Dr. Momand
Murad, R., Avanes, A., Ma, X., Geng, S., Mortazavi, A., & Momand, J. (2021). Transcriptome and chromatin landscape changes associated with trastuzumab resistance in HER2+ breast cancer cells. Gene, 799, 145808-145808.
From Dr. Selke and Dr. Liu
Hao, Y., Liu, B., Bennett, T., Monsour, C. G., Selke, M., Liu, Y. (2021). Determination of singlet oxygen quantum yield of a porphyrinic metal-organic framework. Journal of Physical Chemistry. C, 125(13), 739207400.