The Chemical Sciences are a one of UQ's Research Strengths. Chemistry research at UQ focus on major challenges ahead in the areas of energy, environmental sustainability and health. Facing these challenges will continue to depend upon a molecular understanding of our world and the development of novel chemical processes.

In the 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) assessment UQ received the highest rating of ‘well above world-standard’ in Chemical Sciences, a distinction also held in the 2010 and 2012 ERA assessments. At UQ the traditional sub-disciplines of organic, inorganic and physical chemistry continue to thrive but are also translated into new areas including:

  • Nanotechnology and Materials Chemistry - synthesis, spectroscopy, colloid and surface science, computational modelling, optoelectronics, clean energy generation and storage, separation technologies, biomaterials, nanomedicine and molecular recognition
  • Medicinal Chemistry - drug delivery, natural product discovery, total synthesis
  • Biomolecular Chemistry -  structure, reactions and synthesis of biologically important small molecules and chemical investigations of proteins and enzymes

A common feature of all chemistry research at UQ is its interdisciplinary nature. Chemistry@UQ is located primarily within the School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences, but also the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, Institute for Molecular Biosciences, Centre for Advanced Imaging, School of Chemical Engineering and School of Pharmacy.

Read more about our Chemisty researchers here, including more information on specific projects, publications and research student opportunities.