• #BrighterWorld

    Chemistry & Chemical Biology at McMaster lets you explore the chemistry of solids and living systems. Strong links among our research and teaching combined with internationally recognized faculty members and facilities make this Department one of the best in Canada.

  • Research


    We pursue cutting-edge, collaborative research, developing tools and techniques that improve lives...

  • Undergraduate Studies

    Undergraduate Studies

    Our undergraduate programs give students the tools to break down real world problems, such as how to monitor a disease’s progress or build a better battery, and apply their knowledge to design possible solutions. Laboratory courses give students hands on experience to test hypotheses using state-of-the-art equipment and laboratory facilities.

  • Graduate Studies

    Graduate Studies

    Our graduate programs offer opportunities to conduct cutting-edge research in all disciplines of modern chemical science. Explore to see the exciting opportunities that our Department can provide and find research areas to match your interests.

  • Analytical Services

    Analytical Services

    The combination of state-of-the-art equipment and experienced, professional personnel provides unparalleled analytical services to our academic and industry clients. Our staff work closely with clients to solve unique research questions. We also offer compliance with current Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) , a standard no other academic lab in North America offers.

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Prospective Students

Hands-on experience, state-of-the-art labs modelled on industry set-ups and innovative teaching approaches – all mark our undergraduate programs

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Graduate Studies

Award-winning researchers and state-of-the-art research facilities combined with cross-disciplinary collaborative opportunities give our students unparalleled opportunities to explore

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Our faculty and students pursue cutting-edge, collaborative research, developing tools and techniques that improve lives and enhance our understanding of the world

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Analytical Services

We specialize in helping our academic and industry partners solve their analytical needs, including NMR and MS GMP testing of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs)

Latest News

Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Radiochemistry and/or Radiopharmaceutical Sciences

Thursday, 2 December 2021

McMaster University is located on the traditional territories of the Haudenosaunee and Mississauga Nations, and within the lands protected by the Dish with One Spoon... Read more


Thursday, 18 November 2021

CELEBRATING A STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP: Representatives from Nikon helped officially open McMaster's Centre for Advanced Light Microscopy earlier this month. Nikon is CALM's first external strategic... Read more

The Magic of Molecules Show - October 29, 2021 - Video now available

Friday, 15 October 2021

The Magic of Molecules Show was a huge success, with over 800 participants registered for the event! A link to the show video can be... Read more

The Magic of Molecules Show - October 29, 2021

Friday, 15 October 2021

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Tuesday, 12 October 2021

The undergraduate students in the Brook Research Group weren't yet born when Faculty of Science Research Chair Mike Brook and research scientist Dan Chen began working together. Mike... Read more

New Centre for Advanced Light Microscopy supports world-class research

Monday, 27 September 2021

New Centre for Advanced Light Microscopy supports world-class researchThe newest core research facility in the Faculty of Science brings high-end scientific workhorses together under one... Read more

Journal of Fluorine Chemistry - Ronald Gillespie Obituary

Friday, 13 August 2021

Journal of Fluorine Chemistryjournal homepage: www.elsevier.com/locate/fluor  Professor Ronald James Gillespie, O.C., F.R.S. (Canada), F.R.S. (UK), was born on August 21, 1924 in London, England and passed... Read more

Professor Ron Gillespie - 1924-2021

Thursday, 12 August 2021

It is with sadness that we share the news that Prof. Ron Gillespie has passed away.  Ron was a notable figure both as an instructor... Read more

Level 1 Chem is Looking for TAs

Friday, 6 August 2021

The first year chemistry program is currently accepting applications for undergraduate teaching assistants for the fall term (CHEM 1A03/1E03 and 1AA3).   Applicants should have completed... Read more

Fall Teaching Assistant Job Posting

Tuesday, 3 August 2021

The second year chemistry program is currently accepting applications for undergraduate teaching assistants for the fall term (CHEM 2OA3).   Applicants should have completed a minimum... Read more

Sustainable Chemistry Program a First in Canada

Monday, 31 May 2021

McMaster University has announced a new honours sustainable chemistry program that the university says is the first of its kind in Canada.The program, which starts in the... Read more

Mike Brook - Chemistry - Good News Stories in Online Teaching in the Faculty of Science

Wednesday, 26 May 2021

Course CHEM 2SC3 | Chemistry and Chemical Biology | 18 students Their story Students know best. Half of CHEM 2SC3 (Sustainable Chemistry) were scientists who were not interested... Read more

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