Chemical Sciences

Chemical Sciences

ERA rating for Chemical sciences


Macquarie’s established research strengths are found in the areas of analytical chemistry and medicinal and biomolecular chemistry. An upcoming area with high citations is macromolecular and materials chemistry, supported by the appointment of several new academics.


Macquarie projects have included the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence in Nanoscale Biophotonics, the ARC Training Centre for Molecular Technology in the Food Industry, the ARC SuperScience Project and a Cancer Institute NSW Translational Cancer Research Centre. Macquarie also hosts the Biomolecular Frontiers Research Centre (BMFRC).


Macquarie works closely with Horticulture Innovation Australia on industry challenges in biosecurity. The project has collaborators from the NSW Department of Primary Industries, QLD Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, and Eastern Mennonite University with the US Department of Agriculture.

The Synthetic Biology Consortium at Macquarie is deeply involved in the National Synthetic Biology Initiative supported by Professor Mary O’Kane, former NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer and Chair of the Planning Assessment Commission. The ultimate end users of this emerging technology are the public, health sector and industry.

A student using a machine to analyse a sample

Australian Proteome Analysis Facility

From clues on Alzheimer’s and cancer to optimising farming, the Australian Proteome Analysis Facility (APAF) is Australia’s premier provider for proteomics analysis, detailed information on the proteins produced by cells. Co-funded by, and located at, Macquarie and supported by the National Research Infrastructure for Australia and Bioplatforms, the facility was launched in 1995.

It provides state-of-the art, high throughput proteomics analysis to research and development supply chains of many Australian and overseas companies, universities and organisations, analysing a total of more than 100,000 samples for about 120 organisations each year.

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