Chemistry at Illinois University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Department of Chemistry History


150 flagThe Department of Chemistry at the University of Illinois has a rich history that can be traced back to the founding of the University, then known as the Illinois Industrial University. Over its nearly 150 year history, the department has expanded from a basement lab to four buildings, been the site of some of the most important chemical breakthroughs of the last century, and has counted eleven Nobel Prize winners amongst its faculty, fellows, and alumni.

The Department of Chemistry will celebrate its
sesquicentennial on October 6th and 7th, 2017

New film honors Native American activist Carlos Montezuma

Carlos Montezuma was the first Native American to acheive a BS in chemistry which he did in 1884 from the University of Illinois. Click on the image below to view the 30 minute documentary of his extraordinary life.

Dr. Carlos Montezuma Documentary