Chemistry at UNE is a special place. The skills I have been taught in both my undergraduate degree and PhD have opened up many exciting job opportunities.
Welcome to Chemistry at UNE.
These pages will inform you about the exciting opportunities available to study chemistry at UNE at the undergraduate and postgraduate level and give some insight into the world-class research going on at UNE in Chemistry.
Chemistry is concerned with the structure, properties and reactions of substances at the atomic, molecular and macromolecular scale. Substances studied by chemists range from the commonplace such as air and water to unique compounds produced in research laboratories. Chemistry is often called "the central science", because it connects all of the sciences and at UNE chemistry is a vital part of the education of students in all areas of science as well of those majoring in chemistry.
Chemistry has a blog at http://blog.une.edu.au/Chemistry/ with the latest happenings in Chemistry at UNE.
Why study Chemistry at UNE?
In 2007 the Chemistry lecturing team won a major national award, a Carrick Citation, for their high quality teaching. The Citation was for:
"Outstanding contributions to student learning" and "for overcoming the tyranny of distance in tertiary chemical education".
Along with this, Chemistry at UNE rates highly for on-campus teaching at all levels, from undergraduate through to PhD.
We aim to make chemistry accessible to all and to instil a passion for life-long learning. The highly qualified team are friendly, approachable and flexible, while facilitating the learning of the high-level skills. Our teaching and research facilities are world class, as are the team's research activities and many discoveries. It is possible to study chemistry at UNE as an external student, allowing students to remain in employment while gaining a full qualification in chemistry.
Advanced Diploma in The Sciences
Bachelor of Advanced Science with Honours
Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Laws
Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Teaching
Diploma in The Sciences
Bachelor of Science with Honours
CHEM204 Biological and Organic Chemistry
CHEM210 Quantum and Thermochemical Structure
CHEM220 Chemical Reactivity
CHEM250 Analytical Chemistry
PHYS301 Microscopic to Macroscopic Physics and Chemistry
CHEM302 Organic Structure and Reactivity
CHEM303 Medicinal Chemistry
CHEM305 Applied Physical Chemistry
CHEM306 Materials Chemistry
SCI395 Science Report
CHEM400 Honours in Chemistry
PHYS501 Microscopic to Macroscopic Physics and Chemistry
CHEM502 Organic Structure and Reactivity
CHEM503 Medicinal Chemistry
CHEM505 Applied Physical Chemistry
CHEM506 Materials Chemistry
CHEM507 Biological Inorganic Chemistry
SCI595 Graduate Diploma in Sciences Thesis
SCI695 Master of Scientific Studies Thesis
Career options in chemistry include forensic and environmental science, biotechnology, medicine, metallurgy, petrochemical industries, pharmaceuticals, science teaching and research, engineering, geochemistry, agrochemistry, environmental law and journalism. Chemistry graduates are able to solve problems and think things through, an essential skill in all areas of employment.
Upon completion of a degree in chemistry, UNE graduates are entitled to apply for membership of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (MRACI) and after three years employment in a relevant area may use the additional title Chartered Chemist (C.Chem).
Partnerships, networks and industry links
Societies and Organisations
Royal Australian Chemical Institute
Australian Academy of Science
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)
Australia Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO)
Federation of Australia Scientific and Technological Societies (FASTS)
Royal Society of Chemistry
The American Chemical Society
The New Zealand Institute of Chemistry
Chemical Institute of Canada
International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC)
APEC Industrial Science and Technology Working Group
New Scientist Magazine
Scientific American Magazine
International System of Units (SI) from NIST
Web Elements - A comprehensive periodic table
Lentech Periodic Table - A periodic table including detailed information on all elements
The Lab - The ABC's science site
Questacon - The National Science and Technology Centre
The Sydney VisLab - of which UNE is a partner
How Stuff Works
Organic Chemistry Portal
The research interests in chemistry at UNE span the fields of polymer chemistry; biomimetic and supramolecular chemistry based on porphyrin model systems; heterogeneous catalysis and surface chemistry; organic chemistry of natural products, reaction mechanisms; synthetic work including heterocyclic chemistry; physical and biological organic chemistry and chemistry of reactive intermediates, inorganic and coordination chemistry, environmental chemistry, solution and reaction dynamics, semi-empirical computational chemistry. For more details follow the links below to the appropriate research area.
Associate Professor Trevor Brown - Heterogeneous Catalysis
Dr Chris Fellows - Polymer Chemistry and Applications
Professor Stephen Glover - Biological and physical organic chemistry
Dr Ben Greatrex - Synthetic organic chemistry, natural products chemistry and developing quantitative structure activity relationships to aid in the development of human therapeutics
Dr Daniel Keddie - Synthetic organic, free radical and polymer chemistry
Dr Peter Lye - Inorganic & Coordination Chemistry, Environmental Chemistry and Solution and Reaction Dynamics
Dr Erica Smith - Using computer simulation techniques for biological problems
Dr Michelle Taylor - Synthetic inorganic and organic chemistry
Dr David Tucker - Natural Products
Prizes and prize winners
The Lachlan March Honours Prize
$350. Awarded annually on the nomination of the Convenor of Chemistry to a student, who must be enrolled internally in the Chemistry Honours program and who showed dedication/diligence in their undergraduate studies leading up to their honours year in accordance with the attributes displayed by Lachlan during his studies at University of New England. Lachlan Kane March passed away during his fourth year at the University of New England where he was carrying out studies towards Honours in Chemistry. He was an exemplary undergraduate student with an outstanding academic ability combined with a dedication to motivated, original and insightful study. He had an aptitude for the more challenging areas of Science. He was always extremely diligent in his studies and had a desire to achieve at the highest level. His work was always complete, original and submitted punctually. Through this prize, his family wishes to encourage someone who has the attributes in common with Lachlan and who has similar aspirations to continue his/her studies with dedication and commitment.
R H Stokes Prize for Experimental Chemistry
$100. Awarded annually, on the recommendation of the Head of the School of School of Science and Technology, to the fourth-year student, if of sufficient merit, who most distinguishes himself or herself in the experimental aspects of his or her research project in Chemistry.
Royal Australian Chemical Institute Student Prize
The NSW Branch of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute offers a Student Prize in undergraduate chemistry. Each Prize consists of a Certificate, a cash award of $500 and a year's free subscription to the RACI. The Prize is awarded on the nomination of the Convenor of Chemistry for meritorious performance in RACI accredited undergraduate chemistry up to the end of the previous year. Preference for the Prize is to the student who was in third or fourth year in the previous year but a student who was in second year can be nominated. In the case of students with academic records of equal excellence, preference should be given to those who are student members of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute.
Riggs Prize in Chemistry
$150. Awarded annually on the recommendation of the Head of the School of School of Science and Technology to the undergraduate, if of sufficient merit, who makes the most original and/or critical approach to class work in Chemistry during the year.
K G Lewis Prizes for Organic Chemistry
Three awards of $100 each. Awarded annually, on the recommendation of the Head of the School of Science and Technology to the undergraduate students, if of sufficient merit, who most distinguish themselves in both the theoretical and practical aspects of the first-year (one prize), second-year (one prize) and third-year (one prize) units in Organic Chemistry. In the case of the first-year prize, it is a requirement that the student be enrolled, in the following year, in the second-year unit in Organic Chemistry.
Please click here for the list of our current and past prize recipients.
Dr Peter Lye
Convenor of Chemistry
Phone: +61 2 6773 3018