A world-class centre for research and teaching in the chemical sciences

Chemistry is a central science that provides an important foundation for multiple scientific disciplines. Chemistry at UWA has a long tradition and outstanding reputation in interdisciplinary research, with activity ranging from chemical biology, catalysis, molecular electronics, reaction dynamics and mechanism, to surface science, molecular materials and nanotechnology, molecular and biomolecular structure determination, and theoretical and computational chemistry.

Our researchers have forged strong connections across academia and industry. We work closely with other schools, research centres and departments within the University, and have strong links with many universities, research centres and industrial partners across Australia and overseas.

UWA is a world-class centre for research and teaching in the chemical sciences. The Bayliss Building, with embedded industry partners, makes the School of Molecular Science a vibrant, leading research environment and allows us to keep pace with the ever-changing nature of modern science.

Chemistry at UWA has a long tradition and outstanding reputation in interdisciplinary research in areas including:

  • Biological chemistry
  • Inorganic chemistry
  • Materials and nanotechnology
  • Molecular structure
  • Molecular synthesis and catalysis
  • Organic chemistry
  • Physical chemistry
  • Theory and computation 

Collaborations and research partners

Chemistry at UWA is linked to global research networks, including the Matariki Network of Universities, whilst also supporting collaborative programs, exchanges and collaborative research projects with institutions across the world. The impact of our work is elevated by close relationships with industry, philanthropic and consumer partners. In many cases, our industry colleagues are embedded in the Bayliss Building, giving them close access to our cutting-edge facilities and highly-regarded expertise.

Our industry partners include:

Australian Vanadium Ltd

Australian Vanadium Ltd (ASX:AVL) is a vertically-integrated battery metals company focussing on energy storage. AVL is progressing the greenfield 'Gabanintha' vanadium deposit, south of Meekatharra in Western Australia. It is also exploring a lithium deposit in South Africa.
Vanadium is traditionally used to strengthen steel, but emerging demand is coming from the energy storage market.

Vanadium in electrolyte solution is used in vanadium redox flow batteries (VRB) to store energy. AVL is utilising laboratory space at UWA to electrochemically produce and analytically test vanadium electrolyte with staff and students.

In collaboration with the University the company aims to research commercial advancements in vanadium storage. AVL’s subsidiary, VSUN Energy, sold and commissioned WA’s first VRB.

iCeutica collaborates with pharmaceutical industry partners and researchers to create new branded medicines by combining their technology with partners’ product experience and commercial insights.

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