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

Dr Nicole Rijs has been appointed as a DAAD Research Ambassador for 2020/21

Dr Nicole Rijs has been appointed as a DAAD Research Ambassador for 2020/21

29 May 2020

DAAD Research Ambassadors are scholars and scientists in Australia who have conducted advanced long-term research projects in Germany and are interested in promoting research in Germany at their home universities and among their peers and students.

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Scientia Professor Justin Gooding has been awarded an NHMRC Investigator Grant

Scientia Professor Justin Gooding has been awarded an NHMRC Investigator Grant

20 May 2020

Congratulations to Justin, who has just been awarded an NHMRC Investigator Grant to research:  

An in vitro pipeline for liquid biopsy biomarkers for cancer diagnosis and therapy

The grant is worth $3.76M over 5 years.

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Soap Vs Sanitiser - A TED-Ed Animation co-developed by Prof Palli Thordarson

Soap Vs Sanitiser - A TED-Ed Animation co-developed by Prof Palli Thordarson

8 May 2020

Professor Pall Thordarson from the School of Chemistry at UNSW has co-developed an animated video with TED-Ed.

The animation "Which is better: Soap or hand sanitizer?" has had close to 300,000 views on YouTube in the first three days of its release!

TED-Ed is TED's youth and education initiative, it aims to spark and celebrate the ideas and knowledge-sharing of teachers and students around the world.

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IUPAC Global Women’s Breakfast 2020

IUPAC Global Women’s Breakfast 2020

8 May 2020

Way back on the 12th of February the School of Chemistry celebrated and highlighted the achievements of Women in Chemistry with the IUPAC Global Women’s Breakfast 2020. The networking event, themed “BUILDING BONDS TO CREATE FUTURE LEADERS”, was held at JG’s café, whose namesake, June Griffith, was UNSW’s first female chemistry graduate.

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Dr Anna Wang appears on ABC Catalyst ‘Asteroid Hunters’ program

Dr Anna Wang appears on ABC Catalyst ‘Asteroid Hunters’ program

5 May 2020

Dr Anna Wang Scientia Fellow in the School of Chemistry and Mr Luke Steller, PhD candidate at UNSW’s Australian Centre for Astrobiology are currently collaborating to trace when – and how – chemistry became biology. Late last year, Mr Steller and Dr Wang travelled to Rotorua in New Zealand with ABC Catalyst The Catalyst episode, ‘Asteroid Hunters’, aired on Tuesday 5 May.

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