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Our Department is committed to rigorous and innovative curriculum that focuses on developing problem-solving, critical thinking, and communication skills, and provides high quality education in chemistry and biochemistry. We offer a B.S. Chemistry degree program that is accredited by the American Chemical Society, as well as a B.A. Chemistry degree, a B.S. Biochemistry degree that is accredited by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and a research-intensive graduate program leading to M.S. Chemistry and M.S. Biochemistry degrees. Our award-winning faculty are vigorously involved in research projects with undergraduate and graduate students alike, and receive significant external grants and contracts annually. Our Department offers extensive opportunities for students to participate in novel research projects across a broad spectrum of areas in the chemical sciences. Our modern facilities are housed in the recently-built Molecular Life Sciences Center and the newly-completed Hall of Science. For further information, please contact our Department office or our academic advisors.

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Department Welcomes New Analytical Faculty in Fall 2015: Dr. Fangyuan Tian

Dr. Fangyuan Tian

Assistant Professor Fangyuan Tian will join the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry at CSU Long Beach in August 2015. Dr. Tian is originally from China, where she graduated from Jilin University with a B.E. in Polymer Science and Technology. She later went on to earn her Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry at the University of Delaware in the lab of Dr. Andrew Teplyakov. Her graduate work focused on the modification and functionalization of semiconductor surfaces with wet chemistry, and she then pursued post-doctoral research in the area of carbon dioxide adsorption on zeolitic imidazolate frameworks in Dr. Lauren Benz's group at the University of San Diego, where she also served as an instructor of General Chemistry. Dr. Tian will be teaching Instrumental Methods of Analysis (CHEM 451) and Quantitative Analysis (CHEM 251) lectures and laboratories, and graduate level courses in Surface Chemistry and Nanomaterials. Dr. Tian has broad research interests in the interdisciplinary area of surface and materials chemistry, with a focus on environmental and energy related questions. Specifically, she studies the fundamental properties and chemical reactivity of nanostructured surface-anchored metal-organic frameworks, with applications in greenhouse gas capture, storage, and conversion. Both undergraduate and graduate research students with various background including analytical, physical, and inorganic chemistry, are invited to join Dr. Tian's new laboratory at CSULB. To learn more about research opportunities and projects in her lab, please contact Dr. Tian at

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Click here for our schedule of summer courses, including CHEM 100 (Chem & Today's World), CHEM 111A (General Chemistry), CHEM 220A/223A (Organic Chemistry), CHEM 227 (Fundamentals of Organic), and CHEM 448 (Fundamentals of Biochemistry) in summer session I (from 5/23 to 7/1). CHEM 111B and CHEM 220B/223B will then be offered in summer session III (from 7/5 to 8/12).

Prof. Fangyuan Tian recently received a CSU Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology (CSUPERB) New Investigator Award to support her project titled "Using metal organic framework film as a drug-eluting stent coating" ... Congratulations to the Dr. Tian and the Tian Lab!

On Saturday April 23rd our Dept was honored to host the 2016 Southern California Undergraduate Research Conference, which was a great success! Students from 10 CSU's (LB, Dominguez Hills, Pomona, Fullerton, Northridge, Channel Islands, LA, Bakersfield, San Bernardino, San Marcos), 3 UC's (LA, Riverside, Irvine), and 10 private colleges presented 28 talks and 90 posters. The event was capped off by an incredibly entertaining and informative Keynote Address by Dr. Greg Weiss of UC Irvine and SAACS did a fantastic job of sponsoring this event!

BUILD The NIH funded Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity (BUILD) program is developing innovative means to recruit & develop the next generation of human health researchers. Our first cohort began working with research mentors in summer 2015. Profs. Buonora and Weers are the Director of the Research Enrichment Core and co-director of the student training core, respectively, and Profs. Mezyk, McAbee, and Sorin are developing curriculum for new research-infused courses.

The National Institutes of Health recently funded a 4-year grant for over $442,000 to Prof. Young-Seok Shon titled "Metalloenzyme Mimics with Unsupported Metal Nanoparticle Catalysts" to support the Shon group's research on understanding how near-surface steric controls, non-covalent interactions, and chiral interactions determine the catalytic properties of modified nanoparticles towards the model organic reactions relevant to biologically important transformations. Congratulations to Dr. Shon on his continued success!

Derakhshan's Lab recently published two papers: "Long-Range Antiferromagnetic Ordering in B-Site Ordered Double Perovskite" has been accepted in Inorganic Chemistry with MS graduate David Russell as the first author, and "Synthesis, Crystal Structure and Magnetic Properties of the Two Polymorphs of Novel S =1 Osmate" has been accepted by the Journal of Solid State Chemistry with MS graduate Sophia Nguyen as the first author and Malinda Tan as the third author. Congrats to Team Derakhshan!

The Tapavicza Lab recently published an article in the Journal of Physical Chemistry A on the dynamics of photoinduced ring-opening of cyclohexadiene. Former chem major Noel Baluyot and physics graduate student Travis Thompson ran more than 100 quantum chemical simulations and computed the time-resolved photoelectron ionization spectrum. The study was published in collaboration with Dr. Oliver Schalk and Prof. Tony Hansson from the University of Stockholm, Sweden, who measured the TRPES experimentally. Way to go Team Tapavicza!

Former Vas Lab undergraduates Charina Fabilane and Patricia Nguyen, and former graduate student Roy Hernandez recently published their findings on the "Mechanism of Lipid Binding of Human Apolipoprotein E3 by Hydrogen/Deuterium Exchange/Mass Spectrometry and Fluorescence Polarization" in Protein & Peptide Letters. This was the outcome of a collaborative project that was initiated with Dr. Claudia S. Maier of Oregon State University, Corvallis, when she visited CSULB as a seminar speaker.

Weers Lab News The Weers lab recently published three manuscripts. With former students Jake Thistle and Daisy Martinon, they designed tryptophan variants in Galleria mellonella apoLp-III (Chem. Phys. Lipids 193, 18-23). In collaboration with Dr. Karin Crowhurst from CSU Northridge and with the help of MS student James Horn they are solving the NMR solution structure of G. mellonella apoLp-III (Biomolecular NMR Assignments), and with faculty from the University of Calgary they developed a biochemistry lab section on protein-membrane interactions (Biochem. Mol. Biol. Educ. 44, 86-94). Congrats to Weers Lab authors!

APS winners The 2015 Far West (regional) meeting of the American Physical Society, which took place here at CSU Long Beach, saw two of our graduate student researchers win awards: David Russell (pictured, Derakhshan Lab) received the Margaret Burbidge award for Best Experimental Research by a graduate student and Walter Alvarado (Sorin Lab) received the Best Graduate Student Poster award. Way to go, gentlemen!