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Information on Preregistration for Spring 2021 classes

The pre-registration period for Spring 2021 classes is October 26 - 30, 2020, after which students can register on their own based on their priority date. To see course schedule and pre-register, click here.

PLEASE NOTE: The Chemistry and Biochemistry Office will be working remotely (by email) until further notice. The physical office will be closed. Please contact Kelly Barth ( or Elizabeth Zoiner ( ) with any questions or departmental business.

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The Chemistry MA program offers coursework and laboratory training for students preparing for careers in health, pharmaceuticals, chemistry, and computational areas, or who plan to pursue PhD programs. Financial support is available for qualified stude​nts through fellowships, or positions as teaching or research assistants. For more information, click here. For applying, Click here for online application link. ​ 

Recent Publications

Chen group
  • Domaradzki, M. E.; Liu, X.; Ong, J.; Yu, G.; Zhang, G.; Simantov, A.; Perl, E.; Chen, Y. "Triflic Acid Mediated Sequential Cyclization of ortho-Alkynylarylesters with Ammonium Acetate", Tetrahedron 2020
  • Yang, W.; Liu, X; Leung, P.-H.; Li, Y.; Yang, D.; Chen, Y. "Iron-Mediated Ring-Opening and Rearrangement Cascade Synthesis of Polysubstituted Pyrroles from 4-Alkenylisoxazoles" Adv. Synth. Catal. 2020
  • Liu, X.; Hong, D.; Sapir, N. G.; Yang, W.; Hersh, W. H.; Leung, P.-H.; Yang, D.; Chen, Y. "Iron- Catalyzed Transfer Hydrogenation in Aged N- Methyl- 2- pyrrolidone: Reductive Ring- Opening of 3, 5- Disubstituted Isoxazoles and Isoxazolines" J. Org. Chem.2019
  • Yang, W.; Chen, Y.; Yao, Y.; Lin, Q.; Yang, D."Iron-Promoted Reductive Ring- Opening and Isomerization Reactions of C4- Alkynylisoxazoles Leading to 2- Alkynylenaminones and Polysubstituted Furans" Adv. Synth. Catal. 2019
  • Li, X.-R.; Chen, H. J.; Wang, W.; Ma, M.; Chen, Y.; Li, Y.; Pullarkat, S. A.; Leung, P.-H. "Palladacycle promoted asymmetric hydrophosphination of α,β-unsaturated sulfonylfluorides" J. Organomet. Chem. 2019, 899, 120912.
  • Wen Yang, Yu Chen, Yongqi Yao, Xin Yang, Qifu Lin, and Dingqiao Yang "ICl/AgNO3 Co-Catalyzed Radical Oxidation of Diaryl- and Alkylarylalkynes into 1,2-Diketones" J. Org. Chem. 2019

  • Jang group
  • Seogjoo J. Jang "Fourth order expressions for the electronic absorption lineshape of molecular excitons" Journal of Chemical Physics 151, 044110 (2019).
  • Marta Kowalczyk, Ning Chen, Seogjoo J. Jang "Comparative Computational Study of Electronic Excitations of Neutral and Charged Small Oligothiophenes and Their Extrapolations Based on Simple Models" ACS Omega 20194, 5758-5767. 
  • Seogjoo J. Jang "Effects of Donor-Acceptor Quantum Coherence and Non-Markovian Bath on the Distance Dependence of Resonance Energy" J. Phys. Chem. C 2019123, 5767-5775.

  • Liu group
  • Jianbo Liu, Wenjing Zhou, Steven D. Chambreau, Ghanshyam L. Vaghjiani "Computational study of the reaction of 1-methyl-4-amino-1,2,4-triazolium dicyanamide with NO2: From reaction dynamics to potential surfaces, kinetics and spectroscopy" J. Phys. Chem. B. 2019

  • Mirkin Group

    Pathak group
  • Dibyendu Dana and Sanjai K.Pathak "A review of small molecule inhibitors and functional probes of human Cathepsin L" Molecules 2020, 25, 698.
  • Dibyendu Dana, Jeremy Garcia, Ashif I.Bhuiyan, Pratikkumar Rathod, Laura Joo, Daniel A.Novoa, Suneeta Paroly, Karl R.Fath, Emmanuel J.Chang, Sanjai K.Pathak "Cell penetrable, clickable and tagless activity-based probe of human cathepsin L" Bioorganic Chemistry 2019, 85, 505.

  • Rotenberg group

    Wang group
  • Yishu Jiang, Chen Wang, Cameron R. Rogers, Mohamad S. Kodaimati & Emily A. Weiss "Regio- and diastereoselective intermolecular [2+2] cycloadditions photocatalysed by quantum dots" Nature Chemistry Volume 11 , 1034-1040 201952, 74-82. 

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    The Queens College Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry offers American Chemical Society-certified courses in Chemistry and Biochemistry. Our undergraduate and graduate programs include existing BA, BA/MA and MA degrees in Chemistry with specializations in Chemistry and in Biochemistry, and pending thesis-based M.S. degrees in these disciplines.  We strive to offer an integrated, broad-based, challenging educational experience to imbue students with the intellectual, experimental, and on-line interactive skills necessary to perform effectively in any field related to the chemical and biochemical sciences. The educational goals and pre-professional training of our programs are designed to deepen a student’s molecular perspective of the natural world with modern, quantitative and mechanism-based approaches, and to equip the student with the skills needed to thrive in the workplace.

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