University of Minnesota Duluth
University of Minnesota Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Department Head

Dr. Bilin Tsai
Office: 246 Chem
Phone: 218-726-7220

Associate Head

Dr. Elizabeth Minor
Office: 110 Chem, 211 RLB
Phone: 218-726-7097

Executive Secretary

Ms. Dawna Carlberg
Office: 246 Chem
Phone: 218-726-7979

Welcome to the Department of
Chemistry and Biochemistry

The Department offers Baccalaureate degrees in both Chemistry and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology to undergraduate students. At the graduate level, the Department offers Master's (MS) degrees in Chemistry. Upon graduation, our students are equipped with the knowledge, expertise and personal skills to make a significant and positive impact in the field and benefit their communities at the state, regional, and national levels.

The department is also committed to promoting the professional development of its faculty through active research, scholarship, networking opportunities, and mentoring. The expertise of our faculty spans a wide range of disciplines such as analytical, environmental, inorganic and organic chemistry, physical chemistry, biophysics, biochemistry, geochemistry and other specialties of study.



Chemistry & Biochemistry Club for receiving the 2014 Arrowhead Award!!

The Arrowhead Award is given to individual students for exemplary service to a student organization in the past academic year. Each organization's president/lead student officer may submit the names of one to five members of their group. This award was given to the club officers in recognition of their outstanding service to UMD and the Duluth/Superior community.


Chemistry Club 2014


2014 Outstanding Student Organization Adviser: Romesh Lakhan

This award is given to any faculty/staff member who has gone above and beyond his/her requirements as an adviser to a UMD Student Organization. This person has displayed a genuine commitment to fostering the growth and development of the student organization in the past academic year.


Pictured L to R: Charles McCahery-Chemical Coordinator, Emmalee Toldo-President, Matthew Johnson-Vice President, Romesh Lakhan-Adviser, Martin Moen-Treasurer, Nathan Welle-Secretary


News and Events


Congratulations Viktor Zhdankin

on the publication of your book!


Hypervalent Iodine Chemistry:

Preparation, Structure, and Synthetic

Applications of Polyvalent Iodine Compounds

Hypervalent Iodine Chemistry is the first comprehensive text covering all of the main aspects of the chemistry of organic and inorganic polyvalent iodine compounds, including applications in chemical research, medicine,and industry.

This book is aimed at all chemists interested in iodine compounds, including academic and industrial researchers in inorganic, organic, physical, medicinal, and biological chemistry. It will be particularly useful to synthetic organic and inorganic chemists, including graduate and advanced undergraduate students. It comprehensively covers the green chemistry aspects of hypervalent iodine chemistry, making it especially useful for industrial chemists.



Thursday 1, May 2014; 3:00 p.m.; SMed 130


Dr. Martin Gruebele

James R. Eiszner Professor of Chemistry, Professor of Biophysics and Computational Biology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Protein Stability and Folding Kinetics in Living Cell

Refreshments will be served. Please join us.

Links to Dr. Gruebele’s website:


2013 Transitions Newsletter

The latest Transitions newsletter is available for download here (pdf). Read about faculty and staff updates, scholarship updates, new courses, spotlighted students, graduates, student awards, and more.

Response to External Review

At the end of 2011, three faculty members from other campuses visited our department to evaluate our programs. We are grateful for their comprehensive review. We would like to share some of the outcomes of our efforts to respond to their recommendations. First, we completed a departmental strategic plan which will guide our priorities and actions for the next five years (Strategic Plan PDF). Secondly, we are developing a case for a new building to address (1) our need for more research and advanced teaching laboratories including laboratory support space and active learning classrooms, (2) a new initiative in materials science and engineering, and (3) an academic/industrial center. Third, we redesigned our graduate student orientation program in August 2012 and will continue to make improvements for this fall. Fourth, our proposals to add a new BA-Biochemistry and a Polymer Chemistry course were approved; these will expand program options for our students and provide coursework in an important area of chemistry. Finally, an ad hoc committee on mentoring was formed to identify ways to better support our faculty.


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