Welcome to the School of Chemistry

UNSW School of Chemistry

Our school is a leading centre for both teaching and research excellence in Chemistry in Australia – developing cutting edge knowledge to solve real-world problems.

Studying chemistry helps you understand the world from the ground up – from the sub-atomic, atomic, and molecular to the spectacular.

The School of Chemistry has a proud history, predating UNSW, beginning at the Sydney Mechanics School of Arts in 1833.

Latest News

New water-splitting materials for cheap production of clean energy

New water-splitting materials for cheap production of clean energy

5 June 2017

UNSW chemists have invented a new catalyst for splitting water with an electrical current – to efficiently produce hydrogen fuel.

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Huge funding announcements for Chemistry

Huge funding announcements for Chemistry

5 June 2017

Three ARC Future Fellowships have been awarded to UNSW Chemists for research into electrochemical reduction of carbon dioxide, light-powered molecular machines, and nanomaterials for memory-switching devices, and more.

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Global collaborations for cities of the future

Global collaborations for cities of the future

8 May 2017

Third year PhD student, Manish Sriram, has been selected as one of four postgraduate students from UNSW to attend the Global Fellows Programme in Germany on “Cities of the Future”.

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Synthesising natural antimalarial drugs

Synthesising natural antimalarial drugs

5 May 2017

Medicinal chemists from UNSW, Dr Hamish Toop and Associate Professor Jonathan Morris, have synthesised a potent antimalarial compound naturally produced by a rare tropical plant.

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Turning Proteins into the Strongest Known Acids to Improve Detection

Turning Proteins into the Strongest Known Acids to Improve Detection

5 May 2017

The strongest organic acid ever has been produced by chemists at UNSW, and it is set to revolutionise protein analysis by mass spectrometry.

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