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NS Faculty - Maria Benavides

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Maria Benavides

Associate Professor, Chemistry Program Coordinator, Assistant Chair

Office: STB340

​Dr. Benavides has a Ph.D. in Theoretical Quantum Chemistry and conducts research in quantum chemistry and molecular modeling. She is an expert in many topics covered in Physical Chemistry. She has published several articles.​

Ph.D. in Chemistry, Arizona State University

  • CHEM 3130: Physical Chemistry I Lab
  • CHEM 3132: Physical Chemistry Lab II
  • CHEM 3300: Undergraduate Research
  • CHEM 3320: Environmental Chemistry
  • CHEM 3330: Physical Chemistry I​
  • CHEM 3332: Physical Chemistry II​​​

Teaching Experience

  • 2004-2005 Adjunct Chemistry Faculty, San Antonio College
  • 2005-present Assistant/Associate Professor of Chemistry and Physics, UHD
  • 1998-2005 Postdoctoral Fellow, UT Health Science Center at San Antonio​


  • M. Benavides-Garcia and K. Balasubramanian, 2009. Structural Insights into the Binding of Uranyl with Human Serum Protein Apotransferrin-Structure and Spectra of Protein-Uranyl Interactions, Chemistry Res. Toxicol. 22, 1613-1621.
  • M.G. Benavides-Garcia and M. Monroe, 2009. Molecular models and IR spectra of asymmetric tetraalkyl phosphonium iodide ionic liquids, Chem Phys. Lett. 479, 238-243.
  • A. Garcia, L.C. Torres-Gonzalez, K.P. Padmasree, M.G. Benavides-Garcia and E. M. Sanchez, Conductivity and viscosity properties of associated ionic liquids phosphonium orthoborates, J. Mol. Liq. 178, 57-62 (2013). ​

Last updated 4/27/2020 7:53 AM