Chemical sciences

In ERA 2015, research in chemical sciences was rated at world standard for the discipline overall and received a rating of 4 – ‘performance above world standard’ – in the sub-discipline research area of analytical chemistry.

Chemical sciences at Macquarie University has the main focus of integrating chemical and biomolecular research. Macquarie has notable strength in analytical chemistry and biochemistry, with applications in molecular analysis, sensor development, natural products, synthetic nanomaterials, structural analysis and catalysis. Furthermore, chemistry at Macquarie is distinctive in working in partnership with Indigenous people on traditional medicinal plant knowledge for cultural preservation and drug discovery.

Major contributions

Our Biomolecular Frontiers Research Centre (BMFRC) combines the chemical, physical and biomolecular sciences to develop technologies for the analysis of genes (genomics), gene products (proteomics) and their modifications (phosphoproteomics, glycomics) in biological materials. Proteomics is a term coined at Macquarie, which is also home to the world’s first dedicated proteomics facility – the Australian Proteome Analysis Facility (APAF), which is internationally renowned as a driver of major advances in basic and commercial research in protein separation, analysis and mass spectrometric methods.

The analytical capacity of the chemical sciences is supported by the Macquarie University Centre for Analytical Biotechnology (MUCAB) that hosts an integrated suite of analytical equipment for university research. These analytical strengths are also part of the chemical sciences role that underpins our ARC Training Centre for Molecular Technology in the Food Industry and contributes towards the Horticulture Innovation Australia Biosecurity Futures initiative on the management of Queensland fruit fly.


Also in the chemical sciences, we were recently successful in establishing a major node of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Nanoscale BioPhotonics (CNBP), which integrates physics, chemistry and biological disciplines to pioneer new methods of conjugation of molecules and nanoparticles with novel chemical probes to visualise biological molecules in cells.

National research centres

ARC Centre Of Excellence For Nanoscale Biophotonics (CNBP) 

  • Professor Ewa Goldys (Deputy Director)

ARC Training Centre for Molecular Technology in the Food Industry 

  • Professor Paul Haynes (Director)

Australian Proteome Analysis Facility (APAF) 

  • Associate Professor Mark Molloy (Director)
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