Welcome to the School of Chemistry

UNSW School of Chemistry

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

We are now a flourishing community of over 300 staff and research students. We are united by our love for chemistry, and embrace diversity in all of its forms. We take our commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion seriously, and truly believe that chemistry should be a welcoming place for all.

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Vale Associate Professor Michael Gallagher

Vale Associate Professor Michael Gallagher

3 November 2020

Associate Professor Michael John Gallagher, who died on 3 October 2020, was an admired and well respected member of the School of Chemistry at the University of New South Wales.  He was almost 85.  Mike was a Queenslander and did his undergraduate degree at the University of Queensland, followed by an MSc, on natural products, under Maurice Sutherland.  He then went to England where he completed a PhD under FG Mann in the field of organophosphorus chemistry at Cambridge University in 1962.  

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Scientia Associate Professor and ARC Future Fellow Kris Kilian has been awarded $1.5m grant for the treatment of malignant melanoma

Scientia Associate Professor and ARC Future Fellow Kris Kilian has been awarded $1.5m grant for the treatment of malignant melanoma

18 September 2020

The School of Chemistry congratulates Kris who has just won a prestigious $1.5 million grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the US. The grant will be used to investigate personalised treatment for malignant melanoma.

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Scientia Professor Justin Gooding has been awarded the Jaroslav Heyrovsky Prize for Molecular Electrochemistry

Scientia Professor Justin Gooding has been awarded the Jaroslav Heyrovsky Prize for Molecular Electrochemistry

4 September 2020

The School of Chemistry congratulates Justin who has just been awarded the Jaroslav Heyrovsky Prize for Molecular Electrochemistry from the International Society of Electrochemistry, which is affiliated with the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry. 

The Jaroslav Heyrovsky Prize for Molecular Electrochemistry, is awarded to a scientist who has made an important contribution to the field of molecular electrochemistry in the last 5 years.

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Two School of Chemistry students receive the 2020 Dean's Award for Outstanding PhD Theses

Two School of Chemistry students receive the 2020 Dean's Award for Outstanding PhD Theses

28 August 2020

The School of Chemistry congratulates Dr’s Daniel Wenholz and Thomas Macdonald, they are two of the 2020 recipients of the Dean’s Award for Outstanding PhD Theses, this award recognises high quality PhD theses produced at UNSW. 

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