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Dr. Maria Benavides

Dr. Maria Benavides

Dr. Maria Benavides

Associate Professor, Chemistry Program Coordinator, Assistant ChairNatural Sciences


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.

Degrees Earned

Ph.D. in Chemistry, Arizona State University

Courses Taught

  • 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

Experience Qualifications

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

More Information


  • 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).