Department: Chemistry

Department of Chemistry

Science Building, Room 445
Chemistry Department Website

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

Transfer Options

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

Queens College

  • 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