The University of Queensland (UQ) has world-class research and teaching in Chemistry. Chemistry at UQ is located primarily within the School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences (SCMB), as well as at the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN), Institute for Molecular Biosciences (IMB), Centre for Nutrition and Food Sciences (CNAFS) within the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI), and the School of Pharmacy (PACE).

At UQ the overarching research themes follow the key sub-disciplines of organic, inorganic, physical and computational chemistry. These key disciplines then combine in their applications into two broad areas in an integrated and cohesive manner – ‘biological’ chemistry and ‘materials’ chemistry.

In ‘materials’ chemistry, research is undertaken in the areas of: biomarkers and bone tissue engineering; new polymerisation methods and characterisation; synthesis, modification and characterisation of nanomaterials and surfaces; photolithography methods; and organic optoelectronics.

In the area of ‘biological’ chemistry, research encompasses: drug discovery; natural products and chemical (including computer assisted) design; understanding mechanisms / modes of action and new synthetic methods for both natural and mimetic organic and inorganic compounds; through to drugs, genes, and vaccines.