About the School

The School is a Department of the Faculty of Science. Staff contact details, EH&S information and more can be found here.



The School of Chemistry at the University of Melbourne is one of Australia's leading research centres in the chemical sciences. 


Studying Chemistry

The first lectures in Chemistry at the University were given in 1856. Since then the University of Melbourne has grown significantly with students from over 100 countries currently enrolled.



The School has strong links to the community through various programs, collections, regular events and publications.

Angewandte cover for Mass Spec team

The mystery of why water and salt contaminants destroy organometallic reagents has been solved by chemistry researchers, who used a combination of mass spectrometry and theoretical simulations; see Angew Chem Int Ed, 53: 10979 (2014).


Chemistry at the University of Melbourne was ranked number 1 in Australia according to the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2013/14.

Chemistry top in Australia


New species of metal-eating plant discovered

Researchers from the School of Chemistry and the University of the Philippines, Los Baños, have discovered a new nickel-eating plant species.

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