Chemistry

Curtin Chemistry degrees equip our graduates with the knowledge to become a skilled chemist, teaching problem solving, teamwork and critical analysis which may open the door for other careers within science. Through the study of theoretical and practical aspects of chemistry, including synthesis, analysis and molecular modelling, learning is largely laboratory based at our Resources and Chemistry Precinct and lead to further can specialisation in a number of streams:

  • Analytical and Forensic Chemistry – learning how to use sophisticated scientific instruments to solve complex analytical problems whilst developing effective problem-solving and decision making skills within the ethical and professional context.
  • Biological Chemistry – studying the essential processes of life on the molecular level using complex equipment and procedures to understand the bio-molecular world, applications in biosensors and drug design, monitors effects new substances such as food additives and medicines have on living organisms.
  • Materials Science – looking for connections between the underlying structure of a material, its properties and application and how processing changes it. Studying materials including metals, semi-conductors, glasses, ceramics, polymers and the analytical instruments and radiation used to investigate the microstructure of samples

Our above world standard attracts high calibre research result and researchers, solving industry demand driven real world issues and collaborating with other global experts to devise new materials, analytical tools, and solutions at the applied end of the research spectrum.
In the Australian Government’s Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) 2018 assessment, Curtin University ranked well above world standard for Macromolecular and Material Chemistry and Physical Chemistry.

Possible careers

Employment prospects are high, both in Australia and overseas.

  • Analytical chemist
  • Biochemist
  • Nanotechnologist
  • Forensic scientist
  • Geochemist
  • Synthetic chemist

Graduates of Chemistry degrees can also be found in agricultural research, hospitals and health agencies, analytical laboratories, food suppliers and manufacturers of staple or pre-prepared foods, marketing and sales, supermarket chains, airlines and wine companies.

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Pathways to study Chemistry

Latest chemistry news

Latest chemistry news - October 2020

  • New Publication: A new calcium phosphate hydrate has been discovered by an international team including Julian Gale – access the paper.
  • New Publication by Franca Jones and co-workers describing how aragonite stabilization in seawater may be due to more than just the presence of magnesium ions – access the paper.
  • New Publication by Simone Ciampi and co-workers describing how to engineer surface conductivity to maximize tribocurrents – access the paper.
  • New Publication by Nadim Darwish and co-workers describing the fabrication of silicon based single molecule circuits – access the paper.
  • New Publication by Simone Ciampi, Nadim Darwish and co-workers, describing a new form of microscopy – access the paper.
  • New Publication by Nadim Darwish, Simone Ciampi and co-workers describing how to reduce the contact resistance between metals and semiconductors – access the paper.
  • New Publication by Cynthia Joll, Ina Kristiana and co-workers describing a new formation pathway for halogenated semivolatile acetonitriles as chloramination disinfection by-products in water treatment – access the paper.
  • New publication by Simon Lewis, Guohua Jia and coworkers describing the use of luminescent non-heavy metal quantum dots for the detection of latent fingermarks on patterned non-porous surfaces – access the paper.
  • New Publication: a new analytical model to study charge-transfer reactions at the micro-scale has been reported by an international team including Simone Ciampi – access the paper.
  • New publications by Debbie Silvester, Franca Jones, Raffaella Demichelis and co-workers presenting research on ionic liquid, crystal growth and crystallography are part of the special issue Australian Women in Chemistry II.
  • Eureka Prize nomination: Dr. Simone Ciampi, Dr. Nadim Darwish and Prof. Michelle Coote (ANU) are Finalists in the 2020 Eureka Prize of Scientific Research. Watch video.
  • “Medal award” – Associate Professor Debbie Silvester has been awarded the prestigious Rennie Memorial Medal by the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI) for excellence in research in chemical science. Learn more.
  • “WA Young Tall Poppies” – Dr Raffaella Demichelis has been named as one of WA’s Young Tall Poppies for 2020 by the Australian Institute for Policy and Science. Learn more.
  • “Medal award” – Nadim Darwish has been awarded the 2020 A. M. Bond Medal for excellence by a young researcher in Australia from the electrochemical division of the Royal Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI). Learn more.
  • Professor Simon Lewis, Associate Professor Debbie Silvester-Dean, and Dr Jessica Pandohee from the School of Molecular and Life Sciences have been acknowledged in publication “The Analytical Scientist’s Power List for 2020”, which ‘celebrates analytical talent from around the globe’. Learn more.

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