School of Chemistry

School of Chemistry

Chemistry touches almost every aspect of our existence, and will be an essential part of solutions to global issues in health, materials, and energy usage.  UOW was recently ranked in the top 150 institutions for the field of chemistry in the QS World University Rankings, Staff at UOW recognise the real world skills that employers require, and ensure that our students receive a quality hands-on laboratory experience as they learn. Our degrees are taught by staff at the forefront of their fields of research, which shines through in the quality of our graduates.

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Meet Francesca Gissi, an environmental scientist trying to minimize human impacts on the environment

Francesca Gissi 


Chemistry in the Stand

Molecular Gymnastics

A team of chemists at UOW is using gold to create new molecules that could be used in pharmaceuticals.

A love of fireworks ignited an interest in chemistry for UOW Senior Lecturer Chris Hyland.

Born and raised in the UK, Dr Hyland spent his childhood taking things apart, exploring and making his own chemistry sets.

“I really liked fireworks,” Dr Hyland laughs.

“I got my first chemistry set when I was eight years old and that was probably my first inspiration – I was hooked on mixing solutions in test tubes and figuring out what would happen.” He then went on to study chemistry and medicinal chemistry at one of London’s leading chemistry schools. Read more...


Eco Antarctica_AboutOut to Sea

Antarctica’s Southern Ocean is one of the world’s greatest research frontiers. 20 year-old UOW Chemistry student, Jack Simmons, recently returned from a voyage to East Antarctica on the $120 million state-of-the art CSIRO marine research vessel, the RV Investigator. Read more...