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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, 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.

Dept Faculty 2009

Welcome to our New Physical Chemistry Faculty Member: Dr. Enrico Tapavicza

Dr. Enrico Tapavicza

Assistant Professor Enrico Tapavicza joined the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry at CSU Long Beach in August 2013 after concluding his postdoctoral studies at the University of California, Irvine. Having completed his under- graduate studies in Germany at Technical University Munich and University Bayreuth, Dr. Tapavicza earned his Ph.D. in Switzerland at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) as a member of the Röthlisberger computational group, where he worked on ab initio molecular dynamics simulations of excited states. During his Post-doc at UCI, in the Lab of Professor Furche, he implemented a highly efficient ab initio molecular dynamics module for excited states into the quantum chemical software TURBOMOLE ( Dr. Tapavicza's research focuses on the development of computational methods to study excited state dynamics and the real time simulation of photochemical and photophysical processes. He is interested in the mechanisms of photobiological systems, such as vitamin D photosynthesis, but also in the development of new photoactive materials for technological applications, such as photovoltaics, light emitting diodes, and photo switches. Enrico is excited to welcome new research students who are interested in computational chemistry, photochemistry, and photobiology, into his laboratory. Interested students from diverse academic areas, including chemistry, biochemistry, physics, and computer science, are encouraged to contact him to learn more about research opportunities ( This Fall Enrico will be teaching Physical Chemistry and General Chemistry laboratory.

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Allergan Distinguished Lecturer Richard Zare Professor Richard N. Zare of Stanford University will visit our Department as the 2014 Allergan Distinguished Lecturer on Wednesday February 26th! We cordially invite you to attend Prof. Zare's two talks, including a general lecture at 11:00 AM and a research lecture describing his recent work on a new cell sorting method for the rapid diagnosis of infectious diseases at 4:00 PM. For more information, please click here!

Kim Nguyen Pubs! B.S. Biochemistry major Kim Nguyen, who is currently pursuing research at USC Medical School, recently had two articles accepted in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, including her study "Is TOBI Therapy effective in not only eradicating Pseudomonas aeruginosa in CF patients but also in decreasing exacerbations?". Congratulations to Kim and her co-authors!

CSUPERB Howell Winners! The CSU Program to Enhance Research in Biotechnology (CSUPERB) 26th Annual CSU Biotechnology Symposium was held in Santa Clara, CA January 9-11, 2014. CSULB Biochemistry junior Patricia Nguyen (Vas Lab, pictured right) and Biochemistry senior Sam Nguyen (Acey Lab, Pictured below) both won the 2014 CSUPERB-Howell Research Scholars Award!

Acey Students at CSUPERB Acey Lab students were recently selected for their project "Heavy Metal Sponge" as a finalist team in the CSUPERB Early-Stage Biotechnology Commercialization Challenge, an early-stage biotechnology commercialization competition for CSU students. The I2P competition culminates at the Annual CSU Biotechnology Symposium, where Acey Lab members presented their work. (Pictured: Undergraduate students Nancy Trujillo and Sam Nguyen with Prof. Acey.)

Schramm Lab Pubs! The Schramm Lab has two upcoming articles including "p-tert-Butylcalix[6]arene hexacarboxylic acid conformational switching and octahedral coordination with Pb(II) and Sr(II)" in Chem. Comm. and "Calixarene mediated liquid membrane transport of choline conjugates" in Eur. J. Org. Chem. Congratulations to Prof. Schramm, Chem & Biochem post-docs Xiang Zhao and Birendra Adhikari, and B.S. Chemistry candidate Ayu Fujii on their recent publications!

Shon Lab Pub Prof. Shon's Lab recently published an article in Applied Materials & Interfaces describing the catalytic property of water soluble unsupported Pd nanoparticles. The paper was co-authored by former MS student Diego Gavia and current MS candidate May Maung. In addition, Prof. Shon also recently published a book chapter titled "Metallic Nanoparticles with Monolayers: Synthetic Methods" in the Dekker Encyclopedia of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (CRC Press).

Bu Grant from NSF Prof. Bu's grant proposal "Homochiral Crystalline Porous Materials for Enantioselective Applications" was recently funded by the National Science Foundation. The proposal "seeks to introduce new synthetic concepts and methods that can be employed to create homochiral porous materials as catalysts and adsorbents for the preparation of highly useful chemicals and pharmaceuticals." Congratulations Prof. Bu!

Shahab Lab Pub Derakshan Lab undergraduate Malinda Tan, MS candidate Sophia Nguyen, and former MS student Frederike Wrobel recently co-authored an article in the journal Inorganic Chemistry titled "Partial Spin Ordering and Complex Magnetic Structure in BaYFeO4: A Neutron Diffraction and High Temperature Susceptibility Study." Congratulations to Prof. Derakshan and his team!

Vas Lab Pub Vas Lab B.S. Biochemistry major and 2013 CNSM Graduate of the Year Tuyen Tran co-first authored the article "Acrolein Modification Impairs Key Functional Features of Rat Apolipoprotein E: Identification of Modified Sites by Mass Spectrometry" which was accepted for publication in the ACS journal Biochemistry. This publication represents a multi-institutional collaboration with scientists and students at Lawrence Berkeley National lab, UC Davis & Nagoya University. Congratulations to the Vas Lab and their collaborators!

NMR Cryoprobe CSULB has allocated nearly $150k to purchase a Prodigy Cryoprobe for our new Bruker 400 MHz NMR to further enhance our NMR instrumentation. Congratulations to Prof. Michael Schramm and his co-PI.s Profs. Lijuan Li, Young Shon, Paul Buonora, Ken Nakayama, Eric Marniez, Jason Schwans, and Steve Mezyk for their efforts in upgrading the capabilities of our NMR facility!