The Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology is a vibrant place to study and conduct research in chemical sciences.
Its collaborative approach links research and teaching with other areas and disciplines on campus. Faculty members and facilities of international calibre make McMaster one of the best Chemistry and Chemical Biology departments in Canada.
The Department offers an inspiring learning environment by giving students hands-on access to experiential learning in laboratories using modern instrumentation and exceptional opportunities to join research teams.
Biology students develop a range of skills that are easily transferred to a wide range of careers.
Graduates have pursued careers in the following areas:
- Advanced Materials
- Catalysis Design
- Environmental Chemistry
- Cosmetics Chemistry
- Medicine and Medical Research
- Forensic Science
- Computational Chemistry
- Pharmaceutical Research
- Sustainable Materials Synthesis
- Sustainable Pharmaceutical R&D
- Agricultural Chemistry & Sustainability
Areas of Research
This area uses chemistry to design new high-performance materials, optimize existing materials and develop new tools. Research focuses on both soft (biological and polymers) and hard materials.
Organic chemists develop compounds that impact human life on a daily basis. Organic chemistry enables everything from therapeutic agents for disease treatment to the molecules that light up your OLED display.
Physical & Theoretical Chemistry
Physical chemistry bridges the gap between the theories and techniques of modern-day physics and our understanding of chemical systems.
Catalysis impacts a vast range of processes, from industry to enzymes. Understanding catalysis involves the study of how to make things go faster.
Materials and structures that are only a few atoms in diameter exhibit properties far different than the bulk of materials. Nanotechnology involves the study of such tiny particles.
Improving our chemical footprint involves measuring/tracking products of chemical processes and better using and reusing waste materials as feedstocks for new product.
Virtually tour the following state-of-the-art labs and facilities associated with the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology.