Message From Head of School

Professor Phil Andrews

Welcome to the School of Chemistry.

The School of Chemistry is located in the Faculty of Science and is the leading Chemistry School in Australia. International ranking agencies place the School well within the top-50 worldwide. The School aspires to excellence in research, and in teaching and learning and drives innovative practices in both. This is underpinned with a strong strategic alignment to industry and government, and through strong international connections and partnerships. The School is strongly committed to supporting all our staff and students through our equity, diversity and inclusion programs and practices.

The education programs of the School provide both specialised and general chemistry subjects, all with a focus on the fundamental, theoretical, and applied aspects of modern chemistry and its place in society. We offer Master programs in Green Chemistry and Sustainable Manufacturing, and Food Science and Agribusiness. Our teaching program is supported by a strong diversity in the delivery of both practical and technical aspects of chemistry in the laboratory, with an additional opportunity to work on more focused research projects in our research laboratories. Integral to this is knowledge of chemical safety, safe working practices, and industry level skills and training. Our education program is accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Royal Australian Chemical Institute.

The high-level strategic priorities of the School are focused on Energy, Sustainability and Health, with alignment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the University’s new Impact 2030 Strategic Plan. The School has an aspiration to grow and lead in Digital Chemical Technologies, and Land and Water Security.

The School has recognised research strengths and capability in the fields of Synthesis and Catalysis, Materials and Nanoscience, Energy, Polymers, Chemical Biology and Health, Environmental and Analytical Chemistry, Food and Agriculture, and Chemical Education. The School is the University’s custodian of the Green Chemical Futures building which was purpose- built as an education, research, and industry interface.

Central to the School’s education and research strategy is building collaboration networks and strengthening a multi-disciplinary approach in our practices. Our focus on being an ‘international’ School has led us to form partnerships with a host of leading Universities worldwide with which our staff and students, both undergraduate and postgraduate, can be involved in exchange programs which align with and strengthen our strategic priorities.

If you are interested in the role the chemical sciences can play in changing and shaping our world then I encourage you to discover more about what our School offers in education and research by visiting the School website and also following the links in the text above.

Professor Phil Andrews
Head of School (Chemistry)