Department of Chemistry
Faculty and Staff
Dr. Sasan Karimi, Chairperson
Professors: Sasan Karimi, Moni Chauhan, Sharon Lall-Ramnarine, Tirandai Hemraj-Benny
Associate Professors: Irina Rutenburg, David Sarno, Jun Shin, Paul Sideris, Sujun Wei
Assistant Professors: Zhou Zhou
Lecturers: Kevin Kolack, Marlon Moreno
Chief College Laboratory Technician: Pedro Irigoyen
Senior College Laboratory Technicians: Bruce Montalbano, Tian Chun Xu
Adjunct Faculty: approximately 25 each semester
Professors Emeriti: Beatrice Arnowich, Irmgard F. Karle, Anatol Mancott, Frank Rudo, Edward Sarlo, Grace Snyder
Office Personnel: Jamie Acevedo, CUNY Administrative Assistant
For information about courses in Chemistry, contact the Department directly.
Programs of Study
Chemistry (Dual/Joint A.S./B.S. Degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences with York College)
Science for Forensics (Dual/Joint A.S./B.S. Degree with John Jay College of Criminal Justice)
Liberal Arts and Sciences (Mathematics and Science) (A.S. Degree)
Engineering Science (A.S. Degree)
Students interested in Pharmaceutical Sciences should consider the Dual/Joint degree program with York College that leads to an associate degree in Chemistry and bachelor’s degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences. Students interested in Forensics should consider the Dual/Joint degree program with John Jay College that leads to an associate degree and bachelor’s degree in the field. Additionally, Queensborough Community College currently has agreements with the following colleges and programs that allow students to complete a bachelor’s degree in an efficient manner after transfer.
City College of New York
A.S. in Liberal Arts and Sciences to B.S. in Chemistry
Concentrations available in Standard Chemistry, Environmental Chemistry, and Chemistry for Secondary Education
A.S. in Liberal Arts and Sciences to B.S. in Biochemistry
New York City College of Technology
A.S. in Liberal Arts and Sciences to B.S. in Applied Chemistry
A.S. in Liberal Arts and Sciences to B.A. in Chemistry
Those interested in a Dual/Joint program or the transfer agreements should contact the Transfer Resource Center or the Department for more information.
The Chemistry Department operates four fully-equipped teaching laboratories. All the laboratories are equipped with computers, digital probes and interfaces, and internet. A fifth room is equipped with advanced instrumentation including UV spectrophotometers, NMR spectrometer, Scanning Electron Microscope, FT-IR spectrometer, GC/Mass spectrometer and High Pressure Liquid Chromatography. There are also two labs dedicated for mentored undergraduate research.
Opportunities for Students
Conduct original research projects mentored by department faculty
Attend and present their work at professional conferences and publish in peer-reviewed journals
Improve their writing skills and learn to use Excel for graphing and data analysis
Attend departmental seminars given by invited guest scientists, which have included Nobel laureates
Participate in internship programs with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), and others
Testimonials and photos, student achievements and honors articles, as well as comments from students and faculty, may be seen at the Chemistry Department website.
Department Awards for Student Excellence
The Chemistry Fund
The Joseph Iorio Memorial Chemistry Award
The Rose Mancott Memorial Endowment Award
The Dr. Paris Svoronos Scholarship
The Pak Kuen Wong Endowment Fund