• #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

Scientists find simple urine test could offer a non-invasive approach for diagnosis of IBS patients

Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Philip Britz-McKibbin in his lab. Photo by JD Howell. Scientists at McMaster have identified new biomarkers for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) in urine, which could lead... Read more

Scientists map elusive toxic proteins linked to Alzheimer’s, providing new molecular clues for prevention

Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Rashik Ahmed, lead author and PhD candidate in the Department of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences with Giuseppe Melacini, senior author and a professor in the... Read more

Three McMaster researchers receive grants for “high-risk, fast-breaking” research

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

From left to right: Alexander Hynes, Ryan Wylie and Joyce Obeid BY SARA LAUX  MAY 13, 2019 Three McMaster researchers have received funds from the Government of Canada’s New... Read more

Renovations and addition to Arthur Bourns Building complete

Friday, 26 April 2019

Peter Ho, a PhD candidate in chemistry, sits in the newly renovated labs in the Arthur Bourns Building. BY SARA LAUX APRIL 18, 2019A 45,000 square-foot addition... Read more

Hamilton-based McMaster start-up secures $105M (USD) to commercialize potential cancer treatment

Friday, 12 April 2019

From left to right, John Valliant, Fusion’s Chief Executive Officer, with Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, at the announcement of $105... Read more

Gillian Goward and Her Group are Building a Better Battery

Friday, 18 January 2019

Building a better battery Gillian Goward (centre) with graduate students in her lab. (Photo by JD Howell)Theoretically, batteries are simple. First developed in the late eighteenth... Read more

2019 Summer USRA Competition

Friday, 18 January 2019

NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Awards for 2019 in Chemistry and Chemical Biology All interested and highly qualified undergraduate students are encouraged to apply to the... Read more

C&CB is looking for a Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Molecular Medicine

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Molecular Medicine Complete applications must be made online at www.workingatmcmaster.ca/careers (Faculty Positions, Job ID 21592) The Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology... Read more

C&CB is seeking an Assistant Professor (Contractually Limited) in Radiochemistry and/or Radiopharmaceutical Science

Thursday, 6 September 2018

McMaster University, a world-leader in medical isotope and radiopharmaceutical research, invites applicants for a new faculty position in the general area of radiochemistry and radiopharmaceutical... Read more

CPDC Recieves Another Round of Significant Federal Funding

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Hamilton, Ontario – July 30, 2018 – McMaster’s Centre for Probe Development and Commercialization, which converts research on medical isotopes into new diagnostic tests and cancer... Read more

The Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology (C&CB) is continuing its search for a Laboratory Manager

Thursday, 26 July 2018

Research Lab Manager Position Apply to this position through McMaster Careers - Staff Job ID 21482 The Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology (CCB) has historically operated... Read more

Elements at Mac

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

When you were at Mac, did you discover that you were in your element? Be in your element and a part of the Arthur Bourns... Read more

Upcoming Events

Thursday, 19 September 2019, 11 30 AM - 01 30 PM
Meet the Profs Pizza Lunch
Tuesday, 24 September 2019, 05 00 PM - 07 00 PM
C&CB Grad Student, Staff and Faculty Welcome BBQ
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