ut austin chemistry buildingThe Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at The University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin Chemistry) is known for its excellent reputation in the five traditional areas of chemistry (analytical, biochemistry, inorganic, organic, and physical), and contributes new research to the emergent areas of chemical biology and material science.  As of 2012, the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry graduate program is ranked among the top 12 departments in North America and among the top five in public institutions, according to U.S. News and World Report.

Alumni and research opportunities at UT Austin Chemistry

The faculty of the UT Austin Chemistry and Biochemistry Department include 4 members of the National Academies, 3 fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1 winner of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, 1 winner of the Wolf Prize, 7 Regent’s Outstanding Teaching Award winners (highest among all UT departments), and 4 members of the Academy of Distinguished Teachers. The department receives the highest average of total external funding per faculty member in the College of Natural Sciences.

Opportunities for interdisciplinary research are facilitated by research centers such as the Texas Materials Institute, the Institute for Cellular and Molecular Biology, and the Center for Nano-Molecular Science and Technology.


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UT Austin ChemistryDepartment of UT Austin Chemistry and Biochemistry Facilities

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry facilities include a fully staffed, state-of-the-art mass spectrometry facility (Agilent 6130 and 6530 LCMS, Thermo LTQ-XL LCMS, Waters Autospec Ultima, Thermo TSQ Quantum GCMS, Varian HiResMaldi FT-ICR), NMR facility (Agilent 400, and Varian 300 through 600 MHZ), X-ray crystallographic facility (two Rigaku instruments and Axis Spider image plate, Nonius Kappa CCD, and two powder diffractometers), EPR facility (Bruker EMX Plus spectrometer). There’s also a center for computer multi-media support, a fully staffed machine shop, electronics shop and glassblowing shop. All of these are housed in the department’s over 500,000 square feet space.

Chemistry Graduate Degree Coursework at UT Austin

UT Austin Chemistry students must take six graded courses, in areas such as organic, physical, inorganic, analytical, biochemistry, biology, molecular biology, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, electrical engineering, civil engineering, biomedical engineering, math, materials science, physics, computer science, geology, and pharmacy, among others. The choice of coursework depends on the approval of the supervising professor and the graduate adviser.

It is mandatory that students register for nine hours per semester, until they finish the respective degree. This nine hours required may include graded courses, research hours, and professional development.

Chemistry Graduate Degree Coursework at UT Austin demands that each student maintains a 3.0 average. Usually, the Chemistry course schedule is divided into four parts: the Fall of the 1st Year, with two graded classes plus CH398T (TA course), or three graded classes; the Spring of the 1st Year, with two graded classes plus group meeting or three graded classes; the Summer of the 1st Year, for research credit hours, and the all, Spring of the 2nd Year, for completion of graded classes, with full load of research hours.

Chemistry Graduate Degree Teaching Assistant Responsibilities

The chemistry program at UT Austin requires that all students serve as teaching assistants for at least one long semester with a minimum of 10 hours weekly. There are numerous teaching positions available, in lab lab sections, discussion sections, tutoring, lecturing, grading, and more. Each student is matched to a position according to his or hers backgrounds, performance and also individual or faculty preference.

The Chemistry Department has three golden rules for Teaching Assistants:

  • All contact with undergraduates, staff and faculty involves a high degree of responsibility, diplomacy and courtesy;
  • Your reputation in the department is partially established by your teaching performance;
  • The Graduate Office reserves the right to refuse any graduate student an assignment as a teaching assistant;

UT Austin Chemistry Faculty

The following is a complete listing of UT Austin’s Chemistry faculty, as of the fall of 2013. (Note: Clicking on hyperlinked names will take you to articles published by BioNews Texas that are tagged with that researcher’s name.)

Eric V. Anslyn NHB: 5.114A 512-471-0068 [email protected]
Allen J. Bard WEL: 2.426 512-471-3761 [email protected]
Christopher W. Bielawski NHB: 5.136A 512-232-3839 [email protected]
Jennifer S. Brodbelt WEL: 3.424 512-471-0028 [email protected]
Alan Campion WEL: 3.114 512-471-3012 [email protected]
James R. Chelikowsky ACE: 4.324 512-232-9083 [email protected]
Alan H. Cowley WEL: 4.330 512-471-7484 [email protected]
Richard M. Crooks WEL: 3.210AA 512-475-8674 [email protected]
Guangbin Dong NHB 5.358A 512-232-8220 [email protected]
Ron Elber ACE: 4.422 512-232-5415 [email protected]
Graeme Henkelman WEL: 3.202A 512-471-4179 [email protected]
James A. Holcombe WEL: 3.234C 512-471-5140 [email protected]
Bradley J. Holliday WEL: 4.150 512-471-8491 [email protected]
Simon M. Humphrey WEL : 4.428 512-471-0312 [email protected]
Brent L. Iverson WEL: 5.320 512-471-5053 [email protected]
Richard A. Jones WEL: 4.414 512-471-1706 [email protected]
Adrian T. Keatinge-Clay WEL: 4.230B 512-471-2977 [email protected]
Michael J. Krische WEL: 5.208 512-232-5892 [email protected]
David A. Laude MAI 201E 512-232-3317 [email protected]
Hung-Wen (Ben) Liu PHR 3.206B 512-232-7811 [email protected]
Philip D. Magnus WEL: 4.320 512-471-3966 [email protected]
Dmitrii E. Makarov WEL: 4.314 512-471-4575 [email protected]
Stephen F. Martin WEL: 5.334 512-471-3915 [email protected]
C. Buddie Mullins CPE: 4.418 512-471-5817 [email protected]
Emily Que [email protected]
Sean T. Roberts (213) 740-4119 [email protected]
Michael J. Rose WEL 4.420 512-471-4456 [email protected]
Peter J. Rossky WEL: 3.237 512-471-3555 [email protected]
Jonathan L. Sessler NHB 5.354A 512-471-5009 [email protected]
Jason B. Shear WEL: 3.426 512-232-1454 [email protected]
Dionicio R. Siegel NHB 5.132A 512-471-2073 [email protected]
John F. Stanton WEL: 3.208A 512-471-5903 [email protected]
Keith J. Stevenson WEL: 3.416 512-232-9160 [email protected]
David A. Vanden Bout WEL: 3.132C 512-232-2824 [email protected]
Lauren Webb WEL: 3.212B 512-471-9361 [email protected]
Katherine Willets FNT: 2.104A 512-471-6488 [email protected]
C. Grant Willson WEL: 5.240 512-471-4342 [email protected]

Visit the UT Austin Chemistry Department’s official website here.