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Faculty of Chemistry (UNAM)

Faculty of Chemistry
Main building
Established September 23, 1916
Type Public
Director Dr. Jorge Manuel Vázquez Ramos[1]
Academic staff 1,274 (2013)[2]
Students 8,893 (2014).[3][4][5][6][7]
Undergraduates 6,863 (2014)[8]
Postgraduates 2,030 (2014).[9][10][11][12]
Location Mexico City,  Mexico
Campus Ciudad Universitaria, Conjunto externo de Tacuba, San Álvaro, Tacuba

The Faculty of Chemistry is one of the 27 academic institutions that are part of the [15]

The Faculty of chemistry also offers five 4.5-year undergraduate degrees:[16]

Most of the Faculty's buildings are located in the main campus of UNAM, Ciudad Universitaria (University City, south Mexico City), while two more external campi are also part of the Faculty, the External Complex of Tacuba (Conjunto Externo de Tacuba), in Tacuba, west Mexico City, and the Sisal Foreign Station (Estación Foránea de Sisal), in Sisal, Mérida, Yucatan, south-east Mexico.[17]

The institution also offers graduate level studies (Master and Doctorate) in diverse areas:

In addition, the Faculty offers several Lifelong Learning programs as well as a wide range of training certificates.[18]


In the early 20th century, the mexican industry was strongly focused on beer brewing, mining, sugar processing, fabric and textile manufacturing and some pharmaceutical industries. However, the harsh national and international context, derived from the mexican revolution movement and the World War I affected the availability of highly skilled personnel.[19][20][21]

Therefore, in January 1913, Pharmacy was taught initially by Adolfo P. Castañares, who was after some years, elected as director of the School.[22][23][24]

The degree in Chemical Engineering was later implemented in 1925 by the pioneering engineer Estanislao Ramírez. He studied in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he learned Unit operations[25] from their creator, William H. Walker. Estanislao Ramírez was Professor of Industrial Physics since 1922, and 19 years after creating the degree in Chemical Engineering in the National Unversity of Mexico, he was also founder of the degree of Industrial Chemical Engineering in the National Polytechnic Institute (IPN), in 1944.[26]

In 1965, the National School of Chemical Sciences was awarded the rank of Faculty, thus changing its name to Faculty of Chemistry.


The Faculty of Chemistry consists of the following buildings:

  • Complexes A, B, C and F, in the main area of Ciudad Universitaria campus.
  • Complexes D and E, in the south sector of Ciudad Universitaria.
  • External Complex of Tacuba, it is placed where the original building of the National School of Chemical Sciences was first established. It is located in Tacuba, in the borough of San Álvaro, north-west Mexico City.
  • Sisal Foreign Station, in Sisal, Mérida, Yucatán (south-east Mexico).

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  1. ^ Faculty of Chemistry
  2. ^ Year 2012 Report: Faculty of Chemistry
  3. ^ Institutional reports: Total population
  4. ^ Institutional reports: Master students
  5. ^ Institutional reports: PhD students
  6. ^ Institutional reports: Specialization
  7. ^ Institutional reports: Special courses and diplomas
  8. ^ Institutional reports: Total population
  9. ^ Institutional reports: Master students
  10. ^ Institutional reports: PhD students
  11. ^ Institutional reports: Specialization courses
  12. ^ Institutional reports: Special courses and diplomas
  13. ^ Schools in UNAM
  14. ^ [1]
  15. ^ Research in the Faculty of Chemistry
  16. ^ Academic Offer
  17. ^ Faculty of Chemistry Facilities
  18. ^ Programas oficiales de la Facultade Química de la UNAM.
  19. ^ History of the Faculty of Chemistry
  20. ^ Latin America in the 20th Century
  21. ^ Mexico in the early 20th century
  22. ^ ILCE
  23. ^ History of the Faculty of Chemistry
  24. ^ Former directors
  25. ^ Chemical Heritage
  26. ^ ESIQIE
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