Chemical and biomolecular sciences
Macquarie’s chemical and biomolecular sciences research is highly regarded internationally. In the most recent Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) evaluation, we received a rating of ‘performance at or above world standard’ in the sub-disciplines of analytical chemistry, biochemistry and cell biology, microbiology, and physical chemistry.
Macquarie is driving major advances in basic and commercial research in analytical spectrometry, glycochemistry, and separation science and instrumental methods. Our researchers are also pioneering new methods in laser spectroscopy, catalysis, and organic geochemistry.
In addition, Macquarie researchers pioneered the study of proteomics – a term coined by our researchers – and Macquarie is home to the world’s first dedicated proteomics facility, the Australian Proteome Analysis Facility.
Our research strengths
Our research strengths are concentrated in the areas of:
- analytical chemistry
- atmospheric chemistry
- biomedical proteomics
- chemical biology
- environmental proteomics
- medicinal chemistry
- structural genomics, and
- synthetic biology
Our facilities include:
- a wide range of mass spectrometers including Quadrupole-TOF, triplequadrupole, triple quadrupole-TOF, quadrupole-Trap, linear ion trap, orbitrap and MALDI-TOF/TOF instruments
- 400 and 600 MHz NMR spectrometers, the latter equipped with a cryoprobe, and
- two Leica SP2 fluorescence microscopes, fluorescence spectrometers and plate readers.
Our research hubs
Chemical and biomolecular science activities support four research hubs:
- Australian Proteome Analysis Facility
- Biomolecular Frontiers Research Centre
- Food Omics Research Centre, an Australian Research Council Industrial Transformation Training Centre
- Macquarie node of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics
- Macquarie University Centre for Analytical Biotechnology