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School of Chemistry

Driving breakthroughs in energy, health and the environment
Working with industry, government and the community to support researchers and educate aspiring chemists as they work to address critical real-world challenges. We are recognised as one of the top Chemistry Schools in Australia.

Our philosophy and practice of using research-led teaching provides all of our students with the latest, cutting-edge scientific knowledge and invaluable problem-solving skills as they embark upon their careers.

Key staff

Professor Phil Gale
Head of School

Associate Professor Deanna D'Alessandro
Deputy Head of School

Jody Cutler
School Manager

Seminars

We run a number of free seminars every month. All are welcome, no booking is required.

Date
Speaker
5/9

Ernest Ritchie Memorial Lecturer

736th Meeting of The Sydney University Chemical Society presents:  
Speaker:
 Professor Christopher Schofield, Department of Chemistry, University of Oxford, UK. Time: 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm Refreshments from 5:00 pm Talk:  From penicillins to epigenetics – adventures at the interface of chemistry and biology. 
Venue: Chemistry LT2, Level 1 

10/9 Postgraduate Seminar: Mr Bowen Ding, School of Chemistry, The University of Sydney. Time: 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Refreshments to follow this lecture.
Venue: Chemistry LT2, Level 1 Talk: Localised charge transfer in metal-organic frameworks for photoelectrocatalysis  Hosts: A/Prof Deanna D'Alessandro and Prof Cameron Kepert. 
12/9 Special Seminar:  
Speaker: 
Professor Frank Osterloh, Department of Chemistry, University of California Davis, USA. Time: 11:00 am to 12:00 pm. Venue: Chemistry LT4, Level 2
Talk: Artificial photosynthesis with inorganic particles. 
Host: Prof Thomas Maschmeyer.
14/9 Speaker: Dr Sarah Masters, School of Physical and Chemical Sciences, University of Canterbury, New Zealand. Time: 11:00 am to 12:00 pm. 
Venue: Chemistry LT4, Level 2  
Talk: Gas-phase molecular imaging using electrons
Host: Dr Girish Lakhwani
21/9

School Seminar (Student hosted):  Speaker: Dr Lara Malins, Research School of Chemistry, Australian National University, Australia.  Time: 11:00 am to 12:00 pm. Venue: Chemistry LT4, Level 2
Talk: Late-stage peptide modifications: New tools for drug discovery.
Host: Prof Richard Payne

24/9 Postgraduate Seminar: Ms Emma Watson, School of Chemistry, The University of Sydney.  Time: 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Refreshments to follow this lecture. 
Venue: Chemistry LT2, Level 1 Talk: Chemical synthesis of potent anticoagulant proteins from blood-feeding organisms.  Host: Prof Richard Payne.
27/9 Postgraduate Seminar: Mr Gabriel Murphy, School of Chemistry, The University of Sydney. Time: 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Refreshments to follow this lecture.
Venue: Chemistry LT2, Level 1. Talk: Using uranium to create order from disorder: The first demonstration of reversible symmetry lowering phase transformations with heating. Host: Prof Brendan Kennedy.
28/9 School Seminar: Dr Alan Gamble, School of Pharmacy, University of Otago, New Zealand. Time: 11:00 am to 12:00 pm. Venue: Chemistry LT4, Level 2. Talk: Click-and-release: Dissociative bioorthogonal chemical reactions for drug delivery and diagnostics Host: Professor Richard Payne.
Date
Speaker
3/10 Early career researcher series (School seminar): 
Speaker:
 To be announced. Time: 11:00 am to 12:00 pm. 
Venue:Chemistry LT4, Level 2
5/10 School Seminar:  
Speaker:
 Dr Alex Bissember, School of Chemistry, University of Tasmania Time: 11:00 am to 12:00 pm. Venue: Chemistry LT4, Level 2. Talk: New insights into fundamental palladium-catalyzed cross-couplings revealed in the undergraduate teaching laboratory and exploring novel strategies in photocatalysis. 
Host: A/Prof Deanna D'Alessandro.
8/10 Postgraduate Seminar:  
Speaker:
Ms Haihui (Joy) Jiang, School of Chemistry, The University of Sydney. Time 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Refreshments to follow this lecture. Venue: Chemistry LT2, Level 1. Host: Prof Greg Warr.
10/10

The Francis Lions Memorial Lecture

737th Meeting of the Sydney University Chemical Society:  
Speaker:  Professor Sally Brooker, Department of Chemistry, University of Otago University, NZ. Time: 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm Refreshments from 5:00 pm outside LT2. 
Venue: Chemistry LT2, Level 1 Host: Dr Ivan Kassal

12/10 School Seminar:
Speaker:
 Associate Professor Tara Pukala, School of Physical Sciences, The University of Adelaide. Time: 11:00 am to 12:00 pm. 
Venue: Chemistry LT4, Level 2 Talk: Ion mobility-mass spectrometry: An added dimension for structural biology Host: Dr Yu Heng Lau.  
15/10 Postgraduate Seminar:
Mr Edwin Clatworthy, School of Chemistry, The University of Sydney.  
Time: 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Refreshments to follow this lecture.
Venue: Chemistry LT2, Level 1
Host: A/Prof Tony Masters. 
19/10 School Seminar: Dr Lidia Matesic, Radiochemist at ANSTO. 
Time: 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Venue: Chemistry LT4, Level 2
Host: Dr Yu Heng Lau
24/10 Special Seminar:  Professor Mary Garson, School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences, The University of Queensland Time: 11:00 am to 12:00 pm. 
Venue: Chemistry LT4, Level 2 
Host: A/Prof Chris McErlean
26/10 School Seminar:  
Speaker: 
Dr Erica Smith, School of Science and Technology, University of New England, Australia. Time: 11:00 am to 12:00 pm. 
Venue: Chemistry LT4, Level 2
Host: A/Prof. Liz New
Date
Speaker
2/11 School Seminar:
Speaker
: Dr Belinda Abbott, Department of Chemistry and Physics, La Trobe University, Australia. Time: 11:00 am to 12:00 pm. Venue: Chemistry LT4, Level 2. Host: A/Prof Liz New.
5/11 Postgraduate Seminar: Mr Eddie Zwicker, School of Chemistry, The University of Sydney. Time: 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Refreshments to follow this lecture. Venue: Chemistry LT4, Level 2. Hosts: Prof Kate Jolliffe and A/Prof Liz New.
7/11 738th Meeting of The Sydney University Chemical Society presents: 
Speaker: Associate Professor Liz New, School of Chemistry, The University of Sydney, Australia.  Time: 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm Refreshments from 5:00 pm outside LT4. Venue: Chemistry LT4, Level 2.  Host: Dr Ivan Kassal.
16/11 School Seminar:
Speaker:
 Professor Jane Aldrich College of Pharmacy, University of Florida, USA.
Time: 11:00 am to 12:00 pm. Venue: Chemistry LT4, Level 2 Talk: TBA. Host: Dr Yu Heng Lau
19/11 Postgraduate Seminar: Rui (Grace) Zhang,  School of Chemistry, The University of Sydney. Time: 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Refreshments to follow this lecture. Venue: Chemistry LT2, Level 1. Talk: TBA.  Host:  Prof Thomas Maschmeyer.
22/11 School Seminar:
Speaker
: Professor Alessio Ciulli, School of Life Sciences, University of Dundee, UK. Time: 11:00 am to 12:00 pm. Venue: Chemistry LT4, Level 2.  Host: Dr Yu Heng Lau.
26/11 Special seminar
Speaker: Professor David MacMillan, Department of Chemistry, Princeton University, USA.  Time: 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Venue: Chemistry LT4, Level 2.  Host: Prof Richard Payne.
28/11 The 2018 Cornforth Lecture  
Speaker: Professor David MacMillan, Department of Chemistry, Princeton University, USA.  Time: 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm. Venue: Chemistry LT4, Level 2.  Host: Prof Richard Payne.
29/11 Special Seminar  
Speaker: Professor David MacMillan, Department of Chemistry, Princeton University, USA.  Time: 10:00 am to 11:00 am. Venue: Chemistry LT4, Level 2.  Host: Prof Richard Payne.
30/11 Special Seminar 
Speaker: Professor David MacMillan, Department of Chemistry, Princeton University, USA.  Time: 11:00 am to 12:00 pm. Venue: Chemistry LT4, Level 2.  Host: Prof Richard Payne.

Equity, diversity and inclusion

The School of Chemistry is committed to supporting equity, diversity and inclusion and has set up a committee to oversee these principles.

We make all efforts to support staff with caring responsibilities and retaining staff who are planning a career transition such as parental leave. We have developed a Parental Leave Process to reinforce the School’s commitment to supporting and growing a talented and diverse workforce. We also supply access to a parents room for staff and students with young children.

Read the committee’s Terms of Reference here. 

 

News bites

Read about the collaborative work of our own Professor Brendan Kennedy, PhD student Gabriel Murphy and ANSTO's Dr Zhaoming Zhang at the ANSTO news site.

Well done to Professor Michael Kassiou and Dr William Jorgensen who have been awarded a NHMRC Principal Research Fellowship and a NHMRC Early Career Fellowship respectively. Michael's research will look at small molecule therapeutics for brain disorders and William's research will look at the development of ion channel modulators for the treatment of neurological disorders.

Congratulations to Debora Monego, a PhD student in Dr Asaph Widmer-Cooper's group, who has recently received two awards to help support her research on ligand-mediated interactions between nanoparticles; a University of Sydney Nano Institute Postgraduate Top-up Scholarship and an Australian Nanotechnology Network Overseas Travel Fellowship. 

Head of School

Professor Philip Gale
Professor Philip Gale
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