• #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.


McMaster University will continue to host undergraduate academic activities remotely for the Spring/Summer/Intersession term with only a few exceptions for courses that need student access to specialized equipment.

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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

Update Regarding Spring/Summer Organic Chemistry Courses - 2215

Thursday, 15 April 2021

As you will now be aware, the University has cancelled any in-person activities in courses for the Spring term of 2021.  Accordingly, the Department of... Read more

Spring/Summer Teaching Assistant Job Posting

Thursday, 25 March 2021

The second year chemistry program is currently accepting applications for undergraduate teaching assistants for the spring and summer terms (CHEM 2OA3 and CHEM 2OB3).   Applicants... Read more

Sustainable Chemistry with Mike Brook

Thursday, 18 February 2021

Chem 2SC3/2BC3 are cool new courses on the sustainability minor course list. Listen to Dr. Mike Brook discuss the importance of sustainability to the field... Read more

C&CB Presents - The Magic of Molecules Show - Valentine Addition

Thursday, 4 February 2021

Flashes, bangs and a rainbow of colours.Come learn about the chemistry behind some excitingreactions.The Magic of Molecules Showis a science event that everyone will LOVE..Friday... Read more

Career Opportunity in C&CB

Wednesday, 27 January 2021

We are looking for a Facility Manager! Come join the multidisciplinary team establishing the Centre for Advanced Light Microscopy at McMaster University. Details on the position... Read more

Governor General's Award to Rashik Ahmed, PhD student with Giuseppe Melacini

Monday, 14 December 2020

At this fall's convocation, two exceptional McMaster students received the Governor General’s Academic Medal, one of the most prestigious student awards in Canada. Established in... Read more

Job Opportunity - Instructional Assistant - Chemical Biology Program

Thursday, 5 November 2020

An Instructional Assistant (IA) is required to support Chemical Biology 2L03 and 3L03 to develop and refine both synthetic organic and biochemical experiments for these courses... Read more

C&CB Presents - The Magic of Molecules Show

Tuesday, 27 October 2020

Please join us for a spook-tacular Halloween Magic of Molecules Show. Friday October 30, 2020 Live at 1pm On-line starting at 3pm  If having issues with the link above, try... Read more

Meet New Faculty Member - Lydia Chen

Thursday, 10 September 2020

Meet Lydia Chen, an Assistant Professor in the Department Of Chemistry & Chemical Biology. Lydia is joining us from Ryerson University. Who or what inspired you... Read more

Alex Adronov named director of the Brockhouse Institute for Materials Research

Tuesday, 28 July 2020

Polymer chemist Alex Adronov has been named director of the Brockhouse Institute for Materials Research (BIMR) – an appointment that follows a long association with... Read more

Here is what to expect from C&CB in the Fall Term - 2209

Wednesday, 24 June 2020

To all students in chemistry, chemical biology and sustainable chemistry programs: First, a big welcome to our in-coming level 2 students! We will be sending... Read more

McMaster chemists develop foolproof new test to track the fats we eat

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

A team of researchers at McMaster has developed a reliable and accurate blood test to track individual fat intake, a tool that could guide public... Read more

Upcoming Events

Thursday, 13 May 2021, 01 30 PM - 02 30 PM
CCB Departmental Seminar – Prof. Karen Wooley, Texas A&M
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