School of Chemistry

Welcome to the School of Chemistry

We like to think of chemistry as being the creative, central science, an essential part of your scientific toolbox. 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 life at the Sydney Mechanics School of Arts in 1833.

Today the School of Chemistry is one of the leading centres for both teaching and research in Chemistry in Australia and we are unashamedly proud of that!

Latest News

"Analytical Chemistry at the Races - Dogs, Horses and Humans" by Emeritus Professor Brynn Hibbert

"Analytical Chemistry at the Races - Dogs, Horses and Humans" by Emeritus Professor Brynn Hibbert

11 December 2014

In this article Professor Hibbert describes how analytical chemistry is used in racing and highlights the increasing trend in the use of ‘hot tubbing’ in courts and tribunals.

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Kristel Tjandra, BSc. Medicinal Chemistry Honours student wins a poster prize at the RACI NSW Organic Chemistry Symposia!

Kristel Tjandra, BSc. Medicinal Chemistry Honours student wins a poster prize at the RACI NSW Organic Chemistry Symposia!

3 December 2014

BSc. Medicinal Chemistry Honours student Kristel Tjandra wins a poster prize at the 35th Annual One-Day Symposium of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute NSW Organic Chemistry Group at the ANU in Canberra.

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Over $1.8 Million in ARC funding for the School!

Over $1.8 Million in ARC funding for the School!

21 November 2014

Three ARC Discovery grants and one ARC DECRA Fellowship awarded to researchers in the School of Chemistry at UNSW

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UNSW Alumni Dr. Matthew Hill at CSIRO wins the Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science

UNSW Alumni Dr. Matthew Hill at CSIRO wins the Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science

30 October 2014

Dr. Matthew R Hill (BSc. UNSW, PhD UNSW) wins the Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science: the 2014 Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the Year.

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Chemical Science paper from Scott Kable on Acetaldehyde photolysis featured in Chemistry World

Chemical Science paper from Scott Kable on Acetaldehyde photolysis featured in Chemistry World

30 October 2014

Two roaming pathways in the photolysis of CH3CHO between 328 and 308 nm (Chem. Sci., 2014, 5, 4633-4638).

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