Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Chemistry Building Room 238
T: 512.245.2156 F: 512.245.2374
http://www.txstate.edu/chemistry

The department offers both M.A. and M.S. degree programs. The M.S. degrees are research-based and require a thesis while the M.A. degree is course-based and requires successful completion of a cumulative examination. Our faculty are dedicated to maintaining excellence in education and research to serve the people of Texas and beyond. The department fosters innovation research programs that expand knowledge through discovery and development, actively contribute to the broader scientific community, and address critical global needs. We are committed to the professional development and mentoring of a diverse and inclusive community of faculty, staff, and students. The curriculum provides opportunities for research and learning in all areas of chemistry and biochemistry and encourages a hands-on approach to the use of a wide variety of modern instrumentation. Many of our graduates have advanced to industrial positions and/or professional and doctoral programs.  

Research Areas

The department's graduate faculty conducts research in numerous areas of the five fields of chemistry. Specific research areas include:

Field of Chemistry Research Areas
Analytical mass spectrometry, chromatography, electrochemistry, spectral methods
Biochemistry enzyme isolation, enzyme mechanisms, ion-channel regulation, protein structure-function relationships, molecular genetics; gene delivery; nucleic acid biochemistry; ribonucleoprotein complex function and regulation; genomics; proteomics
Inorganic synthesis and structure of high conductivity solid-state electrolyte compounds, boron-nitrogen compounds, bioinorganic chemistry; solid state synthesis; metal complex catalysis; intercalation chemistry; crystallography; synthetic main group organometallic chemistry
Organic medicinal chemistry; small molecule synthesis; physical organic chemistry, reactive intermediates; polymer sythesis
Physical nanocomposites; thin organic films; structure-property relationships; electronic polymers; computational chemistry

Research Facilities

Research instruments available include 400 and 500 MHz NMR, X-ray Diffractometer, UV and IR spectrophotometers, atomic absorption, liquid and gas chromatographs, electrospray ionization/mass spectrometer, high-speed centrifuges, TGA, DSC, DMA, particle size analyzer, GPC, epi-fluorescent microscope, CO2 incubators, and multi-well plate readers.

Financial Assistance

Graduate students are encouraged to work as graduate instructional assistants. Applications can be obtained from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry website. A limited number of research assistantships are also available based on available funding from individual research advisors. The Graduate College can provide information about the availability of graduate scholarships. In order to be considered for assistantships or scholarships, applicants must have submitted a completed application for review by the priority application deadline.

Master of Arts (M.A.)

Master of Science (M.S.)

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) and Master of Science (M.S.)

Minors

Doctoral Faculty

Betancourt, Tania, Associate Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

Brittain, William J, Regents' Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Ph.D., California Inst of Technology

Hudnall, Todd W, Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Ph.D., Texas A&M University

Irvin, Jennifer A, Associate Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Ph.D., University of Florida

Kerwin, Sean Michael, Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Ph.D., Univ of California, Berkeley

Luxford, Cynthia J, Assistant Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Ph.D., Miami University

Martin, Benjamin, Associate Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Ph.D., Penn State University Park

Peterson, Ryan Loren, Assistant Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University

Rhodes, Christopher Peter, Associate Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Ph.D., Univ of Oklahoma Norman Campus

Xue, Xiaoyu, Assistant Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Ph.D., Tsinghua University


Graduate Faculty

Betancourt, Tania, Associate Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

Booth, Chad, Associate Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Ph.D., Univ of Southern Mississippi

Brittain, William J, Regents' Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Ph.D., California Inst of Technology

David, Wendi M, Senior Lecturer, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

Du, Liqin, Assistant Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Ph.D., University of Kentucky

Gray, Joel William, Senior Lecturer, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Ph.D., Texas A&M University

Hudnall, Todd W, Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Ph.D., Texas A&M University

Irvin, David James, Lecturer, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Ph.D., University of Florida

Irvin, Jennifer A, Associate Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Ph.D., University of Florida

Ji, Chang, Associate Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Ph.D., Indiana University Bloomington

Kerwin, Sean Michael, Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Ph.D., Univ of California, Berkeley

Kornienko, Alexander Vladimir, Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Ph.D., Tufts University

Lancaster, Kelly V, Lecturer, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology

Lewis, Lysle, Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Ph.D., University of Arizona

Lewis, Karen A, Associate Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Ph.D., Univ of Texas Southwestern Med Ct

Luxford, Cynthia J, Assistant Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Ph.D., Miami University

Martin, Benjamin, Associate Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Ph.D., Penn State University Park

Patterson, Donald Eugene, Senior Lecturer, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Ph.D., Rice University

Peterson, Ryan Loren, Assistant Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University

Rhodes, Christopher Peter, Associate Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Ph.D., Univ of Oklahoma Norman Campus

Whitten, Steven T, Associate Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University

Xue, Xiaoyu, Assistant Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Ph.D., Tsinghua University