We offer a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs in all areas of chemistry. Please follow the links below to learn more.
From the world-class RNA Institute to our program in Forensic Chemistry, our research spans all areas of chemistry. Our department is divided into five major divisions: Analytical and Forensic Chemistry, Biochemistry, Inorganic and Materials Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, and Physical and Computational Chemistry. Visit our research page to learn more!
Dr. Eric Block selected by the UAlbany Emeritus Center as a William L. Reese Memorial Fellow
The University at Albany Emeritus Center recently elected Eric Block and Gary Kleppel as William L. Reese Fellows. Named after our founding President and benefactor Bill Reese, the Fellows program is designed to confer appropriate honor to UAlbany Emeriti for sustained, consequential, and exemplary post‐retirement professionally‐related contributions and achievements in scholarship/creative productions, teaching, or service, in or outside the University.
Forensic Chemist’s Laser Technique Distinguishes Human and Animal Blood
New research published by forensic chemist Igor Lednev could soon offer law enforcement another valuable crime scene tool.
Forensic Chemist Proposes Sweat Testing Strip as Breathalyzer Replacement
ALBANY, N.Y. (Dec. 19, 2019) -- UAlbany forensic chemist Jan Halámek once again has found an innovative use for human sweat – this time to keep drunk drivers off the road. Halámek and his team of student researchers, led by Department of Chemistry graduate student Mindy Hair, are developing a sensing strip that can detect a person’s blood alcohol content (BAC) based on ethanol levels in a small sweat sample.
Modifying the Genetic Blueprint
ALBANY, N.Y. (June 11, 2019) – An assistant professor of chemistry is one of just 16 faculty SUNY-wide to earn the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) esteemed CAREER award. Jia Sheng, who is affiliated with the RNA Institute in addition to the Department of Chemistry, received $600,000 to study the structures and functions of natural ribonucleic acid (RNA) modifications and develop molecular tools for gene regulation. He will begin the project in July and continue through 2024.
Fingerprints are more than just patterns; they’re chemical identities
Researchers are developing chemical analyses and advanced DNA techniques to get more evidence out of fingerprints