Faculty and Research

Modern research cuts across traditional disciplinary boundaries, and our faculty play key roles at the forefront of multiple interdepartmental research units at UCLA, including:

The Department employs over 50 professors pursuing research in all areas of chemistry and biochemistry. The goals of these research include synthesizing complex natural products, finding ways to create new nanomaterials required to solve the many health and environmental crises facing our planet, and illuminating the molecular mechanisms that regulate the decoding of genetic information, to name a few. Feel free to explore some ot the principle research areas here at UCLA Chemistry and Biochemistry.


Research Highlights

Transparent Solar Cells :: Dr. Paul Weiss  A new type of solar cell is being studied at UCLA, involving researchers from the California NanoSystems Institute, the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering, and the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. This type of solar cells absorbs infrared light instead of visible light, and has various practical applications in portable electronic devices and smart solar windows(building). The best part is that it can be produced at relatively low cost.

Virus Research :: The Gelbart Lab is fascinated by the structural and mechanical properties of viruses. The complex structure and self-assembly of these nanoscale devices in detail provides a problem that is simultaneously at the forefront of statistical mechanics and the life sciences.