Research

The School of Chemistry is one of Monash's leading departments with regards to research.

We are a strong, well-resourced School that consistently performs well using the current metrics employed to assess research excellence.  For example, the School is ranked 45 in the world by the AWRU system, 31st by QS and has the highest assessment for the chemical sciences in ERA 2012.

We attract a wide range of exceptional international visitors and collaborators giving rise to a vibrant environment for scientific exchange.  The School is home to a number of high profile scientists including a Laureate Fellow, Future Fellows, DECRAs, and DORAs.  We have 15 professors and four active emeritus professors across six discipline areas that show significant research leadership within the School as well as in the wider scientific community.  This leads to a vibrant atmosphere that has also seen six of our academics be awarded prestigious medals through the RACI, ACS and Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

The School is well resourced to meet the needs of the research project with significant X-ray, electrochemistry, IR/Raman, MS, and NMR spectrometers. Combined, this equipment is managed under the School's major instrument facility (MIF) and is operated by experienced technicians.

The School has over 135 higher degree by research (HDR) students and prides itself on providing a high quality research training program.  Our extensive international collaboration program ensures our PhD program is internationally relevant. This includes students' visits for part of their candidature and developing long-term exchange programs with international institutions such Leipzig, NTU, IITB, and Warwick.

The School conducts research within three broad areas:

Understanding the world around us

Chemistry is integral to the way we understand the world as molecules play a part in every aspect of our lives – their influence is at a level unseen by the human eye.  Under this theme, we use a range of computational, analytical and synthetic approaches to gain a deeper understanding of the world around us.

Areas within this theme include:

Preparing for the future

Chemistry Makes It Better.  Scientific and technical advances typically have chemistry at the heart of innovation.  Here, our researchers use their expertise to explore new methodology, create new compounds - new materials, for the benefit of mankind.  Underpinning our approach is chemical education, allowing the next generation to learn and engage with the beauty of chemistry.

Areas within this theme include:

Lighting up our life

Many chemical compounds interact with energy sources, e.g. light in well-defined and spectacular ways.  Molecular visualisation through excitation is a powerful tool in understanding their structure, how they behave, and how they interact.  This can be then used to understand biology or detect disease states. Photosynthesis as the ultimate energy conversion process uses light to form life sustaining compounds such as oxygen and glucose.

Areas within this theme include: